Data about Insecta

Physical Description

Data about Insecta
  • sexual dimorphism
    Sexual dimorphism is a phenotypic difference between males and females of the same species. The prototypical example is for differences in characteristics of reproductive organs. Other possible examples are for secondary sex characteristics, body size and morphology, ornamentation and behavior.
sexual dimorphism
Additional detail appendages
  • appendages
    appendages differ between males and females. Includes the number, size and shape of locomotory and sensory appendages such as antennae, legs, wings, and fins, as well as non-genital appendages modified to act as intromittent organs. Tail dimorphisms are not included.
Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail dwarf males Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail female larger Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail genital opening
  • genital opening
    genital opening differs between males and females
Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail integument
  • integument
    integument differs between males and females. Includes the size, number, distribution or shape of cilia, scales, spines, hooks, bristles, feathers, hair, horns and teeth. Although not integmental structures, the antlers of mammals are included in this category because they are analogous in function to the sexually-selected horns and spines of other animals.
Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail intromission Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail male larger Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail sexes colored or patterned differently
  • sexes colored or patterned differently
Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail sexes shaped differently Fairbairn, 2013  


Data about Insecta
Additional detail aquatic habitat Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail ocean
  • ocean
    Continuous saline-water bodies that surround the continents and fill the Earth's great depressions.
Environments - EOL project  

Life History and Behavior

Data about Insecta
Additional detail asexual reproduction
  • asexual reproduction
    Some members of this lineage are capable of asexual reproduction; offspring arise from a single organism, and inherit the genes of that parent only.
Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail dioecious
  • dioecious
    Dioecy (Greek: "two households"; adjective form: dioecious) is characterised by a species having distinct male and female organisms.
Fairbairn, 2013  
Additional detail simultaneous hermaphrodite
  • simultaneous hermaphrodite
    Some members of this lineage are simultaneous hermaphrodites; a condition of hermaphroditic animals (and plants) in which the reproductive organs of both sexes are present and functional at the same time.
Fairbairn, 2013  


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