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- n. Plural form of cercopod.
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For instance, in an immature cockroach both male and female carry a pair of jointed tail-feelers or cercopods on the tenth abdominal segment, and a pair of unjointed limbs or stylets on the ninth.
In the adult stage, both sexes possess cercopods, but the males only have stylets, those of the female disappearing at the final moult.
The baby cockroach (fig. 4 _d_) is known by its flattened body, rounded prothorax, and stiff, jointed tail-feelers or cercopods; the baby grasshopper by its strong, elongate hind-legs, adapted, like those of the adult, for vigorous leaping.
The rest of their body is elongate terminating in a pair of filamentous cercopods.