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    why are springtails not considered insects

    What the title said. as I was having a conversation with a friend. and she suddenly asked me this question. tired to google it but no source came up. does anyone know? and source link?


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    Insects have six legs. Do springtails? http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/aimg1.html 3 pairs is 6!

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    I would have to say it's an insect! There is a lot more to define and insect then six legs , see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect. The springtail has them all!
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    yes, they're in class Insecta. perhaps your friend was thinking of something else?

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    But springtail is considered as non-insect hexapods

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    According to Wikipedia it seems to be because Springtails have internal mouth parts and insects have external mouth parts.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collembola

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    They are hexapods - six legs but class Collembola, not Insecta.
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    Whoa! Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    They are hexapods - six legs but class Collembola, not Insecta.

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