kentromorphism
n. [Gr. kentor, piercer; morphe, form]
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
A change brought about by environmental stimuli (high or low population density) in phasmatids, locusts, the larva of Lepidoptera and a few other insects, that cause coloration and pattern differences, anatomical proportions, physiology and behavioral differences; see gregaria, solitaria.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • solitaria — n. [L. solus, alone] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) The low density phase of locusts and some caterpillars; see gregaria, kentromorphism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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