Arthropods, such as insects, shrimps, spiders, centipedes, crayfish, scorpions and millipedes, are the most diverse group of animals in the world. They can be seen on land, in the air and in the sea and are classified under the phylum Arthropoda. Many arthropods remain undiscovered, and the number of species in the largest arthropod class, insects, is assumed to be in the tens of millions.Continue Reading
Arthropods are invertebrate animals which have a hard skeleton, or exoskeleton, outside of their bodies. The exoskeleton is composed of segments and jointed appendages. Arthropods also have multiple pairs of limbs and bodies. Most arthropods possess these characteristics. They range in size from microscopic insects to large forms that grow up to several meters in size.
Arthropods are considered a major group of disease carriers and transmitters of infectious diseases. The most common are mosquitoes, flies, lice, ticks, fleas and bugs. Many species of arthropods are agricultural and forest pests and are responsible for some of the most devastating plagues and famine in the world. Bees and butterflies, however, greatly contribute to the human food supply through pollination. Bees also produce honey, which is the source of a growing industry and international trade.Learn more about Worms
The majority of the yellow spotted lizard's diet consists of ants, centipedes, flies, scorpions and spiders. The lizard typically waits for prey to come near its microhabitat, but it does go out to hunt when necessary.Full Answer >
The Sahara Desert is home to approximately 70 species of mammals, 90 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles and several different arthropods, such as scorpions and spiders. The dromedary camel is easily the most popular animal resident of the Sahara. Introduced to the desert around 200 A.D., the dromedary camel is well-adapted to the harsh Saharan climate, having the ability to last for weeks without any food or water.Full Answer >
Inchworms are the larvae of a large group of insects called the geometer moths, which are found in temperate climates throughout North America. Their main habitat is the same as their food source: the foliage of woody shrubs and trees.Full Answer >
Scorpions feed primarily on small arthropods, insects and other scorpions, although some large species have been known to prey on mice and small lizards. Like spiders, scorpions are carnivorous arachnids. They feed opportunistically, meaning their diet changes according to what is available in a given place.Full Answer >