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Related to hemimetabolous: holometabolous, hemimetabolous metamorphosis


[From New Latin Hēmimetabola, former taxonomic group comprising the insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis : Greek hēmi-, hemi- + metabolos, changeable (from metaballein, to change; see metabolism).]

hem′i·met′a·bol′ic (-mĕt′əbôl′ĭk), hem′i·me·tab′o·lous (-ə-ləs) adj.
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(Zoology) (of insects) relating to incomplete metamorphosis
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Adj.1.hemimetabolous - (of an insect with aquatic young) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the young does not resemble the adult
metamorphic - characterized by metamorphosis or change in physical form or substance
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It is important to notice that colonial galls are usually induced by hemimetabolous species (such as Thysanoptera and Hemiptera) (Kjer et al., 2006), cases in which the adults and their offspring have the same feeding habits.
This order is composed of paleopterous amphibiotic insects, under hemimetabolous development, and is divided into three suborders: Zygoptera, Anisoptera and Anisozygoptera (Rehn, 2003).
| Insects have two main life stage patterns, holometabolous: egg, larva, pupae, adult; and hemimetabolous: egg, nymph, adult.
Leishmania parasites (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae) reversibly inhibit visceral muscle contractions in hemimetabolous and holometabolous insects.
Studies on hemimetabolous insects indicate that antennal length increases after each nymphal molt, which increases antennal surface area and accommodates more sensilla (Chinta et al.
Jindra, "Common and distinct roles of juvenile hormone signaling genes in metamorphosis of holometabolous and hemimetabolous insects," PLoS ONE, vol.
Vannote, "Size variation and the distribution of hemimetabolous aquatic insects: two thermal equilibrium hypotheses," Science, vol.
Termites are hemimetabolous insects and the neuter castes may be derived from various developmental stages (Miller, 1969; Noirot, 1969; Watson and Sewell, 1981).