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Having short or rudimentary wings, as certain insects.

[From Greek brakhupteros : brakhu-, brachy- + pteron, wing; see -pter.]

bra·chyp′ter·ism (-tə-rĭz′əm) n.


(Zoology) having very short or incompletely developed wings: brachypterous insects.
braˈchypterism n


(brəˈkɪp tər əs)

having short wings.
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Adj.1.brachypterous - (especially of certain insects) having very short or rudimentary wings
winged - having wings or as if having wings of a specified kind; "the winged feet of Mercury";
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Carvalhomiris is easily recognized among other Neotropical Orthotylini genera by having the eyes removed from the anterior margin of the pronotum and by the usual strong brachypterism.
I propose the following putative synapomorphies for Carvalhomiris: large genital capsule with cephalic, lateral margin strongly emarginate; strong brachypterism in both sexes; fight paramere clubbed, with apical margin serrate; vesica with a single, large, C-shaped spicule, with its base nearly reaching the cephalic end of the aedeagus; lateral infoldings of the sclerotized tings on the dorsal labiate plate with a posteriad acute process; and dorsal labiate plate with a cuplike depression projecting into the vestibulum.
In other species, rapid development (and resulting small adult size) is accomplished by reducing the number of molts (Stauffer & Whitman 1997, Cherrill 2005, Berner & Blanckenhorn 2006), or by evolving brachypterism (Uvarov 1966, 1977; Bellinger & Pienkowski 1987).