A small class of myriapod invertebrates which resemble the centipedes. They are small soft-bodied animals with one pair of legs per segment, living chiefly in forest litter.
- ‘This arthropod subphylum includes the Chilopoda, the Diplopoda, the Pauropoda, and the Symphyla.’
- ‘He considered Archipolypoda to represent the ‘prototypes’ of Diplopoda and possibly also Pauropoda.’
- ‘He presented evidence for a single origination of the tracheal system in Dignatha (Pauropoda + Diplopoda), a group whose monophyly is widely accepted.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek pauros small + pous, pod- foot.