Description[change | change source]
The nature of the archedictyon is an important in the taxonomic classification of the large, primitive Palaeozoic insects known as Palaeodictyoptera. It was used for this purpose as early as 1854. A National Museum of Natural History database for the study of ants, wasps, bees and termites describes the archedictyon as:
...the primitive original vein network [of] the wings of many of the most ancient insect fossils; the complex network of irregular veinlets between the veins in the outer [three-quarters] of both wings, including the anal lobe.
Structure[change | change source]
- Costa (C): the leading edge of the wing
- Subcosta (Sc): the second longitudinal vein (behind the costa), typically unbranched
- Radius (R): the third longitudinal vein, one to five branches reach the wing margin
- Media (M): the fourth longitudinal vein, one to four branches reach the wing margin
- Cubitus (Cu): fifth longitudinal vein, one to three branches reach the wing margin
- Anal veins (A1, A2, A3): the unbranched veins behind the cubitus.
Crossveins are named based on their relative position to the more prominent longitudinal veins:
- C-SC crossveins run between the costa and subcosta
- R crossveins run between adjacent branches of the radius
- R-M crossveins run between the radius and media
- M-CU crossveins run between the media and cubitus.
Living species[change | change source]
In extant insects, the term implies a retention of primitive characteristics but not necessarily a simplicity of form. Modern insects with wings to which the term archedictyon has been applied include the termite Mastotermes darwiniensis from Australia and the praying mantis Orthodera novaezealandiae. from New Zealand.
Bibliography[change | change source]
- "An enigmatic Palaeozoic stem-group: Paoliida: designation of new taxa from the Upper Carboniferous of the Czech Republic" (pdf file)
References[change | change source]
- from Greek Arche meaning first, original, ancient, primitive, or most basic  Word Info: "arche-"and dictyo- meaning net or netlike  Word Info: dictyo-
-  Jarmila Kukalová. Revisional Study of the Order Palaeodictyoptera in the Upper Carboniferous Shales of Commentry, France. Part III. Psyche 77:1-44, 1970.
-  Jarmila Kukalová. "Revisional study of the Order Palaeodictyoptera in the Upper Carboniferous shales of Commentry, France" Part III. Psyche 77:1-44, 1970.
-  Museum of Natural History
-  Cambridge Philosophical Society: Flight adaptations in Palaeozoic Palaeoptera (Insecta)
-  Archedictyon
-  North Carolina State University
-  Purkayastha, M. 1999, Orthodera novaezealandiae, University of Michigan Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 27, 2008
-  Glossary of terms used to describe phasmids