oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The classification of the recent hexapod insects

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The older naturalists used the word ""insect"" to denote any terrestrial Arthropod. To-day the word has this significance in the vulgar tongue. The boundaries of the ""Class Insecta"" are by no means clearly defined: Handlirsch in 1908 broke up the hexapod insects into four ""Classes"", while to-day the six legged Myrientomata are bandied about between the ""Insecta"" and the ""Myriapoda"", so that no certainty exists as to the significance of the Entomological term ""Insect"" .

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