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Japygid Dipluran (Metajapyx sp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Japygid Dipluran

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

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 a 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.©InsectIdentification.org

Known Diet of the Japygid-Dipluran

insects and plant material
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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Metajapyx sp.
Other Name(s): Dipluran; Two-Pronged Bristletail
Category: Bristletail
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 6mm (0.15" to 0.23")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white; brown; red
Descriptors: tail; skinny; small

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 4mm (0.2in) and 6mm (0.2in)
Lo: 4mm
Md: 5mm
Hi: 6mm

Territorial Map*

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Japygid Dipluran may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Japygid Dipluran. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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