One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of small primitive wingless insects which resemble the true bristletails but have two bristles at the end of the abdomen.
Order "Diplura", subclass "Apterygota", class "Insecta" (or "Hexapoda")
- ‘Neither are the Parainsecta (springtails and proturans) or Diplura true insects, for their numbers of abdominal segments vary.’
- ‘When nucleotide frequencies were tested within each of the three basal hexapod groups (i.e., within Protura, within Diplura, within Collembola), they were always stationary.’
- ‘Similar functions have been proposed for eversible vesicles in other terrestrial arthropods including Diplura and Machilidae.’
- ‘There are huge gaps in the early fossil record, since several basal hexapod groups have not been found at all in the Paleozoic: Protura, Diplura, and Thysanura.’
- ‘The Parainsecta (springtails and proturans) and Diplura are not true insects, for their numbers of abdominal segments vary.’
Modern Latin (plural), from di- ‘two’ + Greek pleura ‘side of the body’.
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