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metanotum

Bee? - Belomicrus Ancistrocerus gazella - female Aporinellus yucatanensis-species diagnostic diagram - Aporinellus yucatanensis - female Labelled male Polybiomyia from the Essig Museum - Polybiomyia townsendi - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (M)
No Taxon metanotum
Explanation of Names
From Greek meta after, and notos, the back.
Identification
metanotum noun - the upper surface of the metathorax, the last (most posterior) segment of the thorax. In most groups of insects, the metanotum is reduced relative to the mesonotum.
Remarks
The qualities of this (small) body part are often listed as key features in the taxonomy of the order Hymenoptera. (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
See Also
Divisions of thorax (front | middle | rear):

Dorsal surface of thorax (notum):
pronotum | mesonotum | metanotum

Lateral (pleural) surface of thorax:

Ventral surface of thorax: