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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum/Division:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta

Description

Insects belong to the largest group of arthropods. Insects can be differentiated from other groups of arthropods which include crustaceans, arachnids, millipedes, centipedes and others, by having three distinct body parts (head, thorax and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, two pairs of antennae and two pairs of wings. Like all arthropods, insects have an external skeleton (exoskeleton). Insects are extremely diverse and more than a million species have been described in the world. There are nearly 30 orders of insects. In Singapore, only certain major groups of insects are well studied, especially those that may have medical or economical implications.

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