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maxilla

Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (M)
No Taxon maxilla
Explanation of Names
From Latin maxilla, jawbone (1).
Identification
maxilla noun, plural maxillae - paired "under jaws", which in many respects resemble the mandibles, but are smaller, and more delicate in structure, they can be considered "accessory jaws" that aid the mandibles in chewing. May have attached sensory structures, the maxillary palpi, and these are often the most visible part of the maxillae.

Photos showing maxillae, in many cases just the maxillary palpi:
See Also
maxillae (maxillary palpi)
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 556 (1)
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.