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Meinertellidae

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The Meinertellidae are a small family of basal insects belonging to the order Archaeognatha. They are sometimes known as rock bristletails. These insects can be distinguished from members of the other Archaeognatha family, Machilidae, by the lack of scales at the base of the legs and antennae, head, and palps; along with possession of small abdominal sternites protruding slightly between the coxal plates. They can also be distinguished by patches of reddish to violet-brown hypodermal pigment on the appendages.[2]

Meinertellidae currently contains more than 170 species over 19 genera, clustered into the following groups: Machiloides, Machilinus, Hypomachiloides, Machilontus, and Meinertellus. [2]

Distribution

These insects are principally found in the southern hemisphere, and can be found in rain forests, regular forests, and on coastal cliffs.

Taxonomy

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Meinertellidae: Brief Summary

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The Meinertellidae are a small family of basal insects belonging to the order Archaeognatha. They are sometimes known as rock bristletails. These insects can be distinguished from members of the other Archaeognatha family, Machilidae, by the lack of scales at the base of the legs and antennae, head, and palps; along with possession of small abdominal sternites protruding slightly between the coxal plates. They can also be distinguished by patches of reddish to violet-brown hypodermal pigment on the appendages.

Meinertellidae currently contains more than 170 species over 19 genera, clustered into the following groups: Machiloides, Machilinus, Hypomachiloides, Machilontus, and Meinertellus.

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