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cercus, cerci

Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (C)
No Taxon cercus, cerci
Pronunciation
Varied--SUR-kus, or KER-kus, plural SUR-sye, SUR-kye, KUR-kee
Explanation of Names
From Greek, kerkos, tail.
Identification
cercus noun, plural cerci - typically paired appendages at the tip of the abdomen, usually having sensory functions. Cerci are often enlarged in males, and used in copulation. In some groups, such as earwigs, they are enlarged and used for defense.

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See Also
cerci
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 177 (1)
Internet References
Answers.com--dictionary entry, helpful on pronunciation
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.