Pauropoda Characteristics

Systematic position

Kingdom: Animalia
Sub-kingdom: Eumetazoa
Super-phylum: Ecdysosoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Sub-phylum: Myriapoda
Class 3 : Pouropoda

Pauropoda Characteristics

Ø  Small group of centipede like arthropods

Ø  Terrestrial, live in the soil

Ø  They looks similar to centipedes, but they are ancestrally sister to millipedes

Ø  Body soft and cylindrical

Pauropoda Characteristics

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Ø  First instar has only 3 pair of legs

Ø  Number of legs increases with each moult

Ø  Eyes absent

Ø  Heart absent

Ø  Body segments have ventral tracheal/spiracular pouches

Ø  Tracheae absent

Ø  Antennae are branched (a best identification mark)

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