Definition of Symphyla in English:

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Symphyla

Pronunciation: /ˈsimfələ/
Zoology
A small class of myriapod invertebrates that resemble the centipedes. They are small eyeless animals with one pair of legs per segment, typically living in soil and leaf mold.
Example sentences
  • Two of them, the Symphyla and Pauropoda, consist of tiny arthropods living in leaf litter and soil; both superficially resemble centipedes.
  • It is tempting to interpret this structural similarity as evidence of a close evolutionary affinity between Symphyla and Insecta.
  • The Pauropoda and Symphyla are both rather obscure groups and relatively little is known about their biology and habits.

Derivatives

symphylan

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • ‘It's interesting that, having built up these nice soils, that a whole different set of pest problems come in, like symphylans and vertebrates like gophers and voles,’ says Mike.
  • The seeming random changes in patterns of symphylan infestation make field studies very difficult.
  • Don't mistake symphylans for the larger centipedes, which are often beneficial predators.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from sym- 'together' + Greek phulē, phulon 'tribe'.

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