Dichotomous Key/Dermaptera

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Dichotomous Key
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Hexapoda
Class Insecta
Order Dermaptera


  • Wings
    • Present - 2
    • Not present - 3

2: Forficulina

Forficulina (Common earwigs) -- This group includes several families and almost all species (about 2200 world wide) you will find.


  • Shape of cerci
    • Filiform - 4
    • Rod-shaped - 5

4: Hemimerina

Only about 20 species living on hamster rats in sub-Saharan Africa. No chance to find elsewhere.

5: Arixenina

Few species, too, living on or close to bats in the Philippines and Borneo (Sarawak) region. No chance to find elsewhere.