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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Supercohort: Polyneoptera
Cohort: Anartioptera
Magnordo: Polyorthoptera
Superordo: Dermapterida
Ordo: Dermaptera
Subordo: Neodermaptera
Infraordines: Protodermaptera – Epidermaptera

incertae sedis: †Rhadinolabis – ?†Ocelliidae
Overview of parvordines

Eteodermaptera – Metadermaptera – Paradermaptera
Overview of nanordines

Plesiodermaptera – Eudermaptera
Overview of superfamiliae

Anisolabidoidea – Apachyoidea – Forficuloidea – Hemimeroidea – Karschielloidea – Labiduroidea – Pygidicranoidea
Overview of familiae

Anisolabididae – Apachyidae – Arixeniidae – Chelisochidae – Diplatyidae – Forficulidae – Haplodiplatyidae – Hemimeridae – Karschiellidae – Labiduridae – Pygidicranidae – Spongiphoridae – ?†Ocelliidae

Neodermaptera Engel, 2003: 116

Dermaptoria Blatchley, 1920
Catadermaptera Steinmann, 1986 [Note: = Neodermaptera sine Forficuloidea, Hemimeroidea, Arixeniidae]

Primary references

Engel, M.S. 2003. The earwigs of Kansas, with a key to genera north of Mexico (Insecta: Dermaptera). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 106(3): 115–123. DOI: 10.1660/0022-8443(2003)106[0115:TEOKWA]2.0.CO;2 Paywall. JSTOR Hybrid open access journal.

Additional references

Engel, M.S. & Haas, F. 2007. Family-Group Names for Earwigs (Dermaptera). American Museum Novitates 3567: 1–20. DOI: 10.1206/0003-0082(2007)539[1:FNFED]2.0.CO;2 Paywall. hdl: 2246/5858 Open access. BHL. Reference page.
Engel, M.S., Huang, D., Thomas, J.C. & Cai, C. 2017 (print) [2016 (online)]. A new genus and species of pygidicranid earwigs from the Upper Cretaceous of southern Asia (Dermaptera: Pygidicranidae). Cretaceous Research 69: 178-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2016.09.009 Paywall. Reference page.
Engel, M.S., Ortega-Blanco, J. & Azar, D. 2011. The earliest earwigs in amber (Dermaptera): a new genus and species from the Early Cretaceous of Lebanon. Insect Systematics & Evolution 42(2): 139–148. DOI: 10.1163/187631211X555717 Paywall.

Neodermaptera is a suborder of earwigs in the order Dermaptera. There are about 14 families and more than 2,000 described species in Neodermaptera. [1][2][3]

The former suborders Forficulina, Hemimerina, and Arixeniina have been reduced in rank to family and placed into the new suborder Neodermaptera. Neodermaptera now contains all the extant species of Dermaptera, while the extinct species make up the suborders Archidermaptera and Eodermaptera.[1][3]


These 14 families belong to the suborder Neodermaptera:

Apachyidae Verhoeff, 1902
Arixeniidae Jordan, 1909
Carcinophoridae Hincks, 1954
Chelisochidae Burr, 1907
Diplatyidae Verhoeff, 1902
Forficulidae Stephens, 1829
Haplodiplatyidae Engel, 2017
Hemimeridae Sharp, 1895
Karschiellidae Verhoeff, 1902
Labiduridae Verhoeff, 1902 (striped earwigs)
Labiidae Burr, 1909
Pygidicranidae Verhoeff, 1902
Spongiphoridae (little earwigs)


Engel, Michael S. (2003). "The earwigs of Kansas, with a key to genera north of Mexico (Insecta: Dermaptera)". Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 106 (3): 115–123. doi:10.1660/0022-8443(2003)106[0115:TEOKWA]2.0.CO;2. JSTOR 3628391.
Lesley, S.D. (2018). "suborder Neodermaptera". Dermaptera species file online, Version 5.0. Retrieved 2019-05-02.

Engel, Michael S.; Haas, Fabian (2007). "Family-Group Names for Earwigs (Dermaptera)". American Museum Novitates. American Museum of Natural History (3567): 1. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2007)539[1:FNFED]2.0.CO;2. hdl:2246/5858.

Further reading

Jarvis, Karl J.; Haas, Fabian; Whiting, Michael F. (2005). "Phylogeny of earwigs (Insecta: Dermaptera) based on molecular and morphological evidence: reconsidering the classification of Dermaptera". Systematic Entomology. 30 (3): 442–453. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2004.00276.x. ISSN 0307-6970. S2CID 85718043.
Steinmann, H. (1989). Spencer, K. A. (ed.). World Catalogue of Dermaptera. Series Entomologica. Vol. 43. Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7923-0096-0.

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