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An Insectoid is a creature that exhibits characteristics similar to those of Terran insects.

Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Life Sciences:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

An insectoid creature is distinguished by a number of characteristics:

  • Segmented bodies consisting of two or more parts: typically a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.
  • An exoskeleton or a hard, shell-like covering on the outside of the body.
  • Three or more pairs of jointed appendages referred to as legs. These are typically used for walking, but sometimes a specialized pair may be used for jumping.
  • Antennae, typically mounting sensory organs.
  • Two pairs of wings.
  • An open circulatory system.

Similar Forms[edit]

Quasi-arachnoids, Arthropodoids and Crustaceanoids are relatively esoteric subclassifications of insectoid primarily used by biologists. For most purposes, however, such types of creature qualify as insectoids.

Specific Species Examples[edit]

  1. A'ach'en
  2. Amindii, technologically advanced sophonts native Regina in the Spinward Marches.
  3. Blood Nymphs, possibly native to Vland.
  4. Coertl
  5. Ebokin
  6. Fury
  7. Jannix
  8. Kursae
  9. Ladybug
  10. Maskai
  11. Poicxh
  12. Qliq
  13. Smaetal Swarm
  14. Ungrest
  15. Viji

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Most biologists agree that a creature should exhibit at least three of the characteristics associated with insectoids to qualify as a insectoid, though others set the limit at two. The term is necessarily generic.

It is relatively common for a creature to meet sufficient criteria to qualify as more than one classification of animal.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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