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n. pl. o·o·the·cae (-sē)
The usually hardened egg case of certain invertebrates, such as a cockroach.
, pl -cae
(Zoology) a capsule containing eggs that is produced by some insects and molluscs
[C19: New Latin, from oo- + thēkē case]
o•o•the•ca (ˌoʊ əˈθi kə)
n., pl. -cae (-sē).
a case or capsule containing eggs, as that of certain insects and mollusks.
[1850–55; < New Latin; see oo
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These 3 genera are placed in the Pseudophyllodromiinae owing to the genital hook on the right side and ootheca
not rotated prior to deposition.
When a mother cockroach lays eggs, up to 40 cockroaches are contained inside an ootheca
, a capsule-like membrane.
Gravid females are immediately distinguishable by the developing ootheca
contained in an expanded brood sac (Figure 5).