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 Insects (from Latin insectum, a calque of Greek ἔντομον [éntomon], "cut into sections") are a class of living creatures within the athropods that have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (headthorax, and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legscompound eyes, and two antennae. They are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms. The number of extant species is estimated at between six and ten million, and potentially represent over 90% of the differing metazoan life forms on Earth. Insects may be found in nearly all enviroments, although only a small number of species occur in the oceans, a habitat dominated by another arthropod group, the crustateans.

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