Robert T. Allen

Author and Consultant, Paris, Arkansas

The Diplura are a group of primitive Arthropods usually included in the class Insecta. Typically they live in the soil, under the bark of decaying trees, under rocks, and under decaying leaf debris. The majority of the species are small, less than 5 mm, but some members of the superfamily Japygoidea, Atlasjapyx atlas, may be 60 mm in length. The Diplura are worldwide in distribution, with about 1000 described species assigned to eight families. The name Diplura is derived from the presence of paired caudal appendages.

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