Explanation of Names
From Latin exuviae
, "that which is stripped, drawn or taken off from the body, clothing, equipments, arms, etc." (see discussion
exuviae noun (alt. exuvia, singular?), technically plural but often used as a singular - the cast-off exoskeleton ("skin") left over from a molt.
exuviate verb - to cast off a skin, to molt.
exuviation - the act of casting off a skin
Forms sometimes used are exuvium
(singular) and exuvia
plural are sometimes seen, but usage is not completely consistent. Gordh (1)
as an alternative spelling (but does not state whether singular or plural) and states that exuvium
is an incorrect singular form.
Photos of exuviae:
The exuviae often maintain the shape of the creature they were shed from.
of singular/plural issues