One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of insects which comprises the dragonflies.Compare with Zygoptera
- ‘The Order Odonata is subdivided into two suborders: damselflies and dragonflies (Anisoptera).’
- ‘Dragonflies (Anisoptera) belong to the order Odonata. Odonata means "toothed, and refers to the toothed mandibles of these carnivorous insects.’
- ‘The Anisoptera have stout bodies, with the head usually narrower than the thorax and abdomen. They do not have caudal tracheal gills like the Zygoptera.’
- ‘Depending on the author's preferences, dragonflies, Anisoptera, are subdivided into 6-15 families.’
- ‘The larvae of Anisoptera are distinguished from that of Zygoptera by a more robust shape, such that the thorax and abdomen are generally wider than the head.’
- ‘They have two pairs of almost equal-sized glassy wings [Anisoptera means ‘unequal wings’] and their compound eyes have up to 30,000 facets.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek anisos ‘unequal’ + pteron ‘wing’.
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