Arthropods are animals that have a hard outer shell called exoskeleton that supports and protects the animal's soft body.
- two parts: cephalothorax and abdomen
- three parts: head, thorax and abdomen
Arthropods are scientifically classified as members of the phylum Arthropoda, the largest phylum in the animal kingdom.
CLASSIFICATION OF ARTHROPODS
A simple and short classification of arthropods is based on these characteristics:
- number of body parts
- existence or not of antennae and wings
- number of pairs of legs
- centipedes and milipedes
Here you can see a more complex classification: