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Arixenia esau from the Manual of Entomology.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dermaptera
Suborder: Arixeniina
Family: Arixeniidae
Genera [1][2]

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Arixeniidae is a family of earwigs; it is the only family in the suborder Arixeniina (one of the four suborders of the order Dermaptera). The other three suborders are Archidermaptera, which is extinct, Forficulina, the largest of the four, and Hemimerina. Arixeniidae is represented by two genera, Arixenia and Xeniaria with a total of five species in them:[2] Arixenia esau,[3][4] and Xeniaria jacobsoni[5] being the most well-known. As with Hemimerina, they are blind, wingless ectoparasites with filiform segmented cerci. They are ectoparasites of various Southeast Asian bats, particularly of the genus Cheiromeles (i.e., "naked bulldog bats").

The suborder is spelled Arixeniina, not Arixenina.[6][7][8]


The family includes the following genera:


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-09-30.

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