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  • Japygid Dipluran - (Metajapyx sp.)

    Japygid Dipluran - (Metajapyx sp.)

    Japygid Diplurans are one of a variety of Bristletails that are native to North America, predate the dinosaurs and are rarely ever seen.

    Staff Writer (7/11/2016): 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.

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    Japygid Dipluran

    Category: Bristletail
    Common name: Japygid Dipluran
    Scientific Name: Metajapyx sp.
    Other Names: Dipluran; Two-Pronged Bristletail

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diplura
          Family: Japygidae
           Genus: Metajapyx
            Species: sp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 6mm (0.16in to 0.24in)

    Identifying Colors: white, brown, red

    Additional Descriptors: tail, skinny, small

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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