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