Synchronized Moulting Controlled by Communication in Group-Living Collembola

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Science  14 Jan 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4581, pp. 193-195
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4581.193


Group-living Collembola of the genus Hypogastrura coordinate their moulting by communication. Animals of different ages and moulting rhythms synchronized the moulting rhythms when combined in a single culture. This synchronization is apparently not dependent on external stimuli but is coordinated by chemical communication among these insects.

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