Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

clypeus, clypeal, clypeate

Diagram of an insect - front view of head Diagram of an insect - side view of head Ant Worker Morphology--head
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (C)
No Taxon clypeus, clypeal, clypeate
KLIP-ee-us ('klɪpɪəs)
Explanation of Names
From Latin clipeus, a round shield (1).
clypeus, noun, plural clypeuses or clypei, adjective clypeal (clypeate = shaped like a round shield) - shield-shaped plate of exoskeleton in an insect below the frons and above the labrum. Structural details of the clypeus are important in the classification of beetles and many other groups. Some photographs showing the clypeus:
See Also
Print References
Gordh and Headrick, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 205 (1)
Internet References
Jardine's Dictionary of Entomology--C entries
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.