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- inquiline. Zool.: from Latin inquilinus, “lodger” or “tenant,” i.e., an animal that lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species; e.g., some organisms such as insects may live in the homes of gophers and feed on debris, fungi, roots
- instar. The stage of an insect between successive molts.
- integument [enn-TEG-yew-mint]. The outer covering of the body.
- interstitial [enn-tur-STIH-shull]. 1. Of trochanters: distal margin of trochanter at a right angle to long axis of leg; 2. Of 2 veins: the ends of the veins meeting.
- intra-alar bristles. A row of bristles on mesonotum above wing bases.
anat. = anatomy; arach. = arachnid; behav. = behavioral; biol. = biological (inclusive of all animals and plants); bot. = botanical (inclusive of all plants); Gr. = Greek; L. = Latin; q.v. = L. quod vide = which see; pl. = plural; taxon. = taxonomy; zool. = zoological (inclusive of all animals).
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- Ubick, D., P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth, editors, 2005. Spiders of North America, Chapter 72: Glossary — pronunciation guide. Published by the American Arachnological Society.
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