Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly classified as part of Order Thysanura (an older term, now replaced by Zygentoma
Order Diplura was promoted to class Diplura when Entognatha was found to by polyphyletic.
Explanation of Names
Diplura: from "diplos" (double) + "oura" (tail)
124 species in 23 genera in 5 families in North America listed at nearctica.com
4-5 families, 64-70 species in North America, according to Tree of Life
and Insects of Cedar Creek
2-50 mm, but most commonly 7-10 mm.
1-segmented tarsi, chewing mouthparts that are concealed in a pouch, and 2 appendages called cerci at the tip of the abdomen. (1)
Soft-bodied, elongated, slender. Head large, antennae longer than head. Eyes and ocelli absent. Wingless. Legs short, slender. Abdomen long and slender.
Under leaves, stones, bark, or logs on the ground. (1)
. Secretive and nocturnal.
They are part of the community of decomposers that help break down and recycle organic nutrients.
Nymphs are diminutive versions of adults. (1)
Original page for order Diplura contributed by tom murray with additional contributions by cotinis, Beatriz Moisset, Robin McLeod, Phillip Harpootlian, and Lynette Schimming.
are thicker, have more exposed mouthparts, and 3- or 4-segmented tarsi. (1)