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Machilidae is a family of primitive insects belonging to the order Archaeognatha (the bristletails). There are around 250 described species worldwide. These insects are wingless, elongated and more or less cylindrical with a distinctive humped thorax and covered with tiny, close-fitting scales. The colour is usually grey or brown, sometimes intricately patterned. There are three "tails" at the rear of the abdomen: two cerci and a long central epiproct. They have large compound eyes, often meeting at a central point. They resemble the silverfish and the firebrat.
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1. jumping bristletails
(synonym) family Machilidae
(hypernym) arthropod family
(member-holonym) Thysanura, order Thysanura
(member-meronym) jumping bristletail, machilid
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