Fine Art

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
Subclassis: Monocondylia
Ordo: Archaeognatha

Familia: Meinertellidae
Genera (19 + 1†): AllomachilisAllomeinertellusHypermeinertellusHypomachilodesMachilelloidesMachilellusMachilinusMachiloidesMachilontusMacropsontusMadagaschiloides – ?MeinertelloidesMeinertellusNeomachilellusNesomachilisNesomeinertellusPatagoniochiloidesPraemachilellusPseudomeinertellus – †Cretaceomachilis


Meinertellidae Verhoeff, 1910


Mendes, L.F. 1998: On the quoted uniformity of Machiloides (Microcoryphia: Meinertellidae), with description of two new genera, a new subgenus and one new species. Garcia de Orta - série de zoologia, 22(1-2): 45–53. [not seen]
Sturm, H.; Poinar, G.O., jr. 1998: Cretaceomachilis libanensis, the oldest known bristle-tail of the family Meinertellidae (Machiloidea, Archaeognatha, Insecta) from the Lebanese amber. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum fuer Naturkunde in Berlin Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift, 45(1): 43–48. DOI: 10.1002/mmnd.19980450106
Sturm, H.; Smith, G.B. 1993: New bristle tails (Archaeognatha: Meinertellidae) from Australia. Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, 32(3): 233–240. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.1993.tb00580.x


Catalogue of Life: 2012 Annual Checklist [very incomplete!]
EOL [very incomplete!]
Meinertellidae – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

English: Rock bristletails
中文: 光角蛃科

The Meinertellidae are a small family of basal insects belonging to the order Archaeognatha. They are sometimes known as rock bristletails. These insects can be distinguished from members of the other Archaeognatha family, Machilidae, by the lack of scales at the base of the legs and antennae, head, and palps; along with possession of small abdominal sternites protruding slightly between the coxal plates. They can also be distinguished by patches of reddish to violet-brown hypodermal pigment on the appendages.[2]

Meinertellidae currently contains more than 170 species over 19 genera, clustered into the following groups: Machiloides, Machilinus, Hypomachiloides, Machilontus, and Meinertellus. [2]


These insects are principally found in the southern hemisphere, and can be found in rain forests, regular forests, and on coastal cliffs.

†Cretaceobrevibusantennis Chen and Su 2017 Burmese amber, Myanmar, Cenomanian
†Cretaceomachilis Sturm and Poinar 1998 Lebanese amber, Barremian, Burmese amber, Myanmar, Cenomanian
†Glaesimeinertellus Sánchez-García et al. 2019 Lebanese amber, Barremian
Macropsontus Silvestri 1911 Lebanese amber, Barremian, Burmese amber, Myanmar, Cenomanian
Neomachilellus Wygodzinsky 1953 Neotropics, fossils known from Miocene Dominican and Chiapas ambers.
†Nullmeinertellus Zhang et al. 2018 Burmese amber, Myanmar, Cenomanian
†Unimeinertellus Zhang et al. 2018 Burmese amber, Myanmar, Cenomanian

See also

ITIS page on Meinertellidae
Basal hexapods[permanent dead link]


Cirrus Digital: Rock Bristletail - Family Meinertellidae
Song, Zhi-Shun (2006-04-19). "Machilontus (s. str.) medogensis Song & Huang, sp. nov. from Tibet, the northernmost record of the genus Machilontis Silvestri, 1912 and the first record of the family Meinertellidae (Insecta: Microcoryphia: Machiloidea) in China". Zootaxa. 1175 (1). doi:10.11646/zootaxa.1175.1. ISSN 1175-5334.

Insects, Fine Art Prints

Insects Images

Biology Encyclopedia

Retrieved from ""
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

Home - Hellenica World