Japygid Dipluran (Metajapyx sp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Japygid Dipluran.
Updated: 7/11/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Common Name: Japygid Dipluran
Other Name(s): Dipluran; Two-Pronged Bristletail
Scientific Name: Metajapyx sp.
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 6mm (0.16in to 0.23in)
Identifying Colors: white, brown, red
Additional Identifiers: tail, skinny, small
Japygid Diplurans are one of a variety of Bristletails that are native to North America, predate 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.