Rock bristletail Machiloides banksi, copyright Katja Schulz.

Belongs within: Archaeognatha.

The Meinertellidae are a group of bristletails found primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, characterised by very small abdominal sterna which only protrude slightly, if at all, between the coxites, no scales on the legs, scape and pedicel, and male terminalia with a very short penis and lacking parameres (Watson & Smith 1991).

<==Meinertellidae [Meinertellinae]
|--Meinertellus cundinamarcensisW39, SC17
|--Allomachilis Silvestri 1904W39
| `--A. froggatti Silvestri 1904W39
|--Hypomachilodes Silvestri 1911F90
| `--H. texanusF90
|--Machilinus Silvestri 1904F90
| |--M. aurantiacusF90
| `--M. nevadensis Sweetman 1937S37
| |--N. australicaWS91
| |--N. maoricusA99 [=Machiloides maoricusW39]
| |--N. queenslandicaWS91
| `--N. tamborinaWS91
`--Machiloides Silvestri 1904F90
|--M. australicus Wom. 1938W39
|--M. banksi Silvestri 1911F90
|--M. hickmani Womersley 1939W39
|--M. petauristes Wygodzinsky & Schmidt 1980F90
`--M. sarasini [incl. M. sarasini var. montivaga, M. sarasini var. profuga]W39

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A99] Ax, P. 1999. Das System der Metazoa II. Ein Lehrbuch der phylogenetischen Systematik. Gustav Fisher Verlag: Stuttgart (translated: 2000. Multicellular Animals: The phylogenetic system of the Metazoa vol. 2. Springer).

[F90] Ferguson, L. M. 1990. Insecta: Microcoryphia and Thysanura. In: Dindal, D. L. (ed.) Soil Biology Guide pp. 935–949. John Wiley & Sones: New York.

[SC17] Schwentner, M., D. J. Combosch, J. P. Nelson & G. Giribet. 2017. A phylogenomic solution to the origin of insects by resolving crustacean-hexapod relationships. Current Biology 27: 1818–1824.

[S37] Sweetman, H. L. 1937. A new species of Machilinus (Thysanura: Machilidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 39 (8): 214–216.

[WS91] Watson, J. A. L., & G. B. Smith. 1991. Archaeognatha. Microcoryphia (bristletails). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 1 pp. 272–274. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[W39] Womersley, H. 1939. Primitive Insects of South Australia: Silverfish, springtails, and their allies. South Australian Branch of the British Science Guild: Adelaide.

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