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hemimetabolous, hemimetabola

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (H)
No Taxon hemimetabolous, hemimetabola
hemimetabolous adjective - indicating an insect that undergoes incomplete metamorphosis, a form of simple metamorphosis. Immature insects (nymphs, often called naiads) are aquatic and breathe via gills. This pattern of development occurs in:
Ephemeroptera (mayflies)
Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)
Plecoptera (stoneflies)
hemietabola refers to this group of insects, compare holometabola and ametabola.
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 434 (1)
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.