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Bristletail

Archaeognatha sp.

Description:

Archaeognatha is an order of wingless insects, also known as jumping bristletails. They are among the least evolutionarily changed insects, appearing in the Devonian period along with the arachnids. The name Archaeognatha is derived from Greek Archaeos meaning "ancient" and gnatha meaning "jaw". This refers to the articulation of the mandibles, which has a single condyle, where all higher insects have two. An alternate name, Microcoryphia comes from the Greek micro meaning "small" and coryphia meaning head. (Wikipedia)



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6 Comments

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Kind of a living fossil, heh? I like it, makes me feel young... :-)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Yay, thanks martin! Sometimes I get it right :)
asergio, I find these very simple insects interesting since they're primitive compared to other insects and they don't have wings. Great spotting!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Thank you Martin.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

This is the bug spotting of the day. I was unsure, but thinking mayfly nymph which was obviously wrong. Good spotting asergio and good IDing Cindy. You both get a gold star from me.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Yes, Cindy, I think you are right. I had never seen it too. At first, I thought it was dead, because of its position, with the fore legs in the air. Then it moved as I became closer. A weird insect in the land of weird insects! I love those criters!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Hi asergio, I'm guessing on this one as I've never actually seen one. Check out the link and see what you think.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Morretes, Paran√°, Brazil

Lat: -25.48, Long: -48.83

Spotted on Dec 25, 2011
Submitted on Dec 25, 2011

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