Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)Classes of the Phylum Arthropoda Discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Can't find the classes you are looking for? Note:
Classes on this list are only those contained
in the ATBI database,
and do not neccessarily include
all Park classes from historic park reports, literature,
or other sources that have not yet been entered in the Biodiversity Database.
Also note: where the class name ends with '_class', it means that the class
name has not yet been agreed upon by taxonomists for this group,
or that it was not identified to this level.
In Case You Didn't Know ...
Phylum Arthropoda at over 1,110,000 described species worldwide (Stork 1997) is by far the most successful phylum in the animal kingdom.
85% of all animals are arthropods.
Arthropods include insects, arachnids, crustaceans, millipedes, centipedes, and many other minor groups commonly referred to as "bugs".
Arthropods have many values to humans and ecosystems, including pollinating flowers, decomposing dead animals and feces, controlling populations of "pest" species, providing food to other animals (and in some cases, food for humans), and just being beautiful (such as butterflies).
Knowing more about arthropods helps insure that these valuable functions continue and help us to control the "pest" species, including those like mosquitoes and ticks that can transmit deadly human diseases.