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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.
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(Zoology) having very short or incompletely developed wings: brachypterous insects.
braˈchypterism n
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(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. Some other Neotropical genera also have species with the eyes removed from the anterior margin of the pronotum (e.g., Itacoris Carvalho, Parachius Distant, Paraproba Distant), but none of these genera present brachypterous species, nor are they as robust as Carvalhomiris.
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).