Japygid Diplurans are one of a variety of Bristletails that are native to North America, predating the dinosaurs, and are rarely ever seen.
Diplurans are beginning to no longer be considered insects in the taxonomic community. They are currently grouped in a subphylum called Hexapoda. They have six legs and so they are called hexapods. Other invertebrates are in this subphylum as well.
Japygid Diplurans are very small creatures. They look like a cross between a Silverfish and a naiad from the dragonfly family. They are very slender and have two long thin tails branching off the tip of the abdomen, similar to the three-prong tail of Silverfish. They come in a variety of colors. Nymphs are even smaller versions of the adult and they lack eyes, scales and an visible mouth. Adults and nymphs can be found under leaf litter, stones, boulders, fallen trees, logs or in caves. Their tiny size and inconspicuous appearance have made it uncommon to see one in nature.
Scientific Name: Metajapyx sp.
Other Name(s): Dipluran; Two-Pronged Bristletail
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 6mm (0.16in to 0.23in)
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