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coxa, coxae

Insect Leg Legs of hymenoptera Anatomy of a Spider Spider Anatomy for glossary
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (C)
No Taxon coxa, coxae
Explanation of Names
From Latin, coxa, hip (1).
coxa noun, plural coxae, adjective coxal - The hip or first joint of the leg, connecting the rest of the joints of the leg to the body at the thorax (term first used by Linnaeus). The joint attached to it at the other end is the trochanter.
See the diagram of insect and spider legs above.
The coxae of the front, middle, and rear legs are called the procoxa, mesocoxa, and metacoxa, respectively.
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 239 (1)
Internet References
Wikipedia: Arthropod leg
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.