Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic subphylum within the phylum Arthropoda — the insects etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The true, or six-legged, insects; insects other than myriapods and arachnids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The true insects; the arthropods which have six feet.
  • A division of butterflies containing those which have all six legs fitted for walking: opposed to Tetrapoda.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. insects; about five-sixths of all known animal species

Etymologies

Ancient Greek ἕξ (heks, "six") + πούς (pous, "foot"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hexapoda: tracheate arthropods with head, thorax and abdomen distinct, and only six legs in the adult stage: the true insects.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • We find him supporting his comparison of the three anterior pairs of legs in _Julus_ to the three pairs of legs in insects by an argument drawn from embryology; for only the first three pairs of feet are present in _Julus_ at birth (Degeer), "an observation, which, together with their position, should cause them to be considered as the representatives of the six thoracic feet of Hexapoda" (p. 44).

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • He is quite clear that the maxillipedes of Crustacea are the homologues of the feet of Hexapoda.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • Hexapoda refers to all insects and their six-legged relatives.

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  • Our results strongly support Pancrustacea (Hexapoda plus Crustacea) but also strongly favour the traditional morphology-based Mandibulata

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  • Now, after analyzing 62 shared genetic sequences across all the arthropods, the researchers are putting the strange shrimp together with the six-legged insects, Hexapoda, to form a new group they dubbed Miracrustacea, or "surprising crustaceans."

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  • Within the insect group Hexapoda, the good news for taxonomists who have grouped insects according to body shape and features is that they were pretty much on the mark, Shultz added.

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  • The discovery that terrestrial insects (Hexapoda) are more closely related to aquatic Crustacea than to the terrestrial centipedes and millipedes

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  • In addition to Hexapoda, Pancrustacea includes three major extant lineages of 'crustaceans', each spanning a significant range of morphological disparity.

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  • Finally, within Pancrustacea we identify Xenocarida as the long-sought sister group to the Hexapoda, a result confirming that 'crustaceans' are not monophyletic.

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