One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fused head and thorax of spiders and other chelicerate arthropods.
- ‘The cephalothorax of spiders is a sclerotized body part that does not change after the final molt.’
- ‘The material referred to this taxon consists of one inflated and one crushed mold of the interior of the dorsal carapace and several fragmentary specimens of the cephalothorax.’
- ‘Although remains of the cephalothorax, abdomen, and telson are preserved, none of the specimens is articulated.’
- ‘The head and thorax are fused into a cephalothorax and may be difficult to distinguish.’
- ‘The body is divided into a front part - the cephalothorax or prosoma, and a rear part, the abdomen or opisthosoma.’
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