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THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Phylum Uniramia (cont)
Insect orders (cont)

O - Lepidoptera (moths/butterflies)
O - Hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, bees, ants)
O - Thysanura (silverfish)
O - Archaeognatha (bristletails)
O - Raphidioptera (snakeflies)
O - Zoraptera (angel insects)
O - Grylloblattodea (rock crawlers)

Phylum

Uniramina (cont)
C - Collembola (springtails)
C - Diplura (diplurans)
C - Protura (proturans)
C - Onychopora (velvet worms)

Description of Archaeognatha (bristletails)


Bristletails are wingless and have elongate bodies with three long tails at the end of the abdomen. Since they have no wings, bristletails are restricted to crawling and their other main method of moving is to jump.

For habitats, bristletails live in a variety of places which include grassland, coastal areas, and woodland. In more specific places, they live under stones, in leaf litter and decomposing plant matter.

In the food chain, bristletails feed on plant matter, lichen and algae.

References:

Zborowski P. & Storey R., 'A Field Guide to Insects in Australia', page 42,43, Reed New Holland, 1998, Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia, ISBN: 1-87633-424-X

George C. McGavin, 'INSECTS Spiders and Other Terrestrial Arthropods', page 46, Dorling Kindersley, 2000, London England, ISBN: 0-7513-0772-6









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