Arthropod structure & development vol:32 issue:2-3 pages:209-217
The labial gland of adult workers of the ant Pachycondyla obscuricornis is made up of many acini, each consisting of one central cell surrounded by approximately 10 parietal cells. Both cell types are associated with a system of ramified canaliculi that remove the secretion towards a ductule outside the acinus. These ductules, each associated with one acinus, fuse together and form a ramified system of ducts, ending in two paired ducts. These paired ducts widen to form a reservoir and anteriorly join into a common impaired duct, which ends at the base of the labium.