A class of six-legged arthropods that comprises the insects. The name is used as another term for Insecta, especially when the primitive apterygotes are not considered to be true insects.
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- The superclass Hexapoda includes so-called true insects and several classes of primitive wingless proto-insects.
- These two clades, together with the true insects, form the clade Hexapoda.
- However, a rival theory - the Pancrustacea hypothesis - suggests that the Crustacea are the stock from which the Hexapoda arose.
modern Latin (plural), from Greek hexapous, hexapod-, from hex 'six' + pous 'foot'.
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- The matter focuses on an order of minuscule hexapods called collembolans, or springtails, which includes thousands of species.
- Phylogenetic analyses of a wide variety of gene sequences all support the hypothesis that hexapods and crustaceans form a monophyletic group to the exclusion of myriapods and chelicerates.
- Presumably (assuming insects do derive from Crustacea) primitive hexapods evolved from marginal marine and amphibious crustaceans during the late Silurian or early Devonian.
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