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- n. in some classifications considered a suborder of Orthoptera: stick insects; leaf insects
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Protophasmids miss critical synapomorphies (traits that identify a taxon) of Phasmida, and are currently considered probably close to Orthoptera (crickets and grasshoppers).
Tilgner E, Systematics of Phasmida, 2002, PhD Thesis in Entomology, University of Georgia available online at this UGA site, searching for “Tilgner”; Grimaldi D, Engel MS, Evolution of the Insects, Cambridge University Press, 2005; and references therein