Titanoptera

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Titanoptera
Temporal range: Triassic
Titanoptera.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Order: Titanoptera
Families

Mesotitanidae
Paratitanidae
Gigantitanidae

Titanoptera is an extinct order of insects from the Triassic period. Titanopterans were very large in comparison with modern insects, some having wingspans of up to 36 centimetres (14 in).[1]

They were related to modern grasshoppers, but were much larger, with grasping forelegs and elongated mandibles. Another distinctive feature was the presence of prominent fluted regions on the forewings, which may have been used in stridulation. The general shape and anatomy of the Titanopterans suggests that they were predators.[1]

Classification[edit]

Order Titanoptera

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hoell, H.V., Doyen, J.T. & Purcell, A.H. (1998). Introduction to Insect Biology and Diversity, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. p. 322. ISBN 0-19-510033-6. 

External links[edit]