noun (plural scuta ˈskjuːtə)
1 Zoology another term for scute.
1.1 Entomology The second dorsal sclerite in each thoracic segment of an insect.
- Twelve wasps not preserved in 1969 and 1970 were hand-netted and marked on their scutum with different colored, non-toxic paints using a tiny brush from which most of the bristles had been removed.
- Throughout the adult body, supernumerary bristles are present only on the scutum and on the scutellum.
- B expression is activated by Wg in the scutum whereas B represses Wg expression in the most anterior part of the notum.
Late 18th century: from Latin, literally 'oblong shield'.
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