Surface morphology of chitin highly related with the isolated body part of butterfly (Argynnis pandora)

Murat Kaya (Corresponding Author), Betül Bitim, Muhammad Mujtaba, Turgay Koyuncu

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This study was conducted to understand the differences in the physicochemical properties of chitin samples isolated from the wings and the other body parts except the wings (OBP) of a butterfly species (. Argynnis pandora). The same isolation method was used for obtaining chitin specimens from both types of body parts. The chitin content of the wings (22%) was recorded as being much higher than the OBP (8%). The extracted chitin samples were characterized via FT-IR, TGA, XRD, SEM, and elemental analysis techniques. Results of these characterizations revealed that the chitins from both structures (wings and OBP) were very similar, except for their surface morphologies. SEM results demonstrated one type of surface morphology for the wings and four different surface morphologies for the OBP. Therefore, it can be hypothesized that the surface morphology of the chitin is highly related with the body part.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-449
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Cardinal
  • Characterization
  • Chitin
  • Extraction


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