Characteristics of Arthropods Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Heather Pier

Heather has taught high school and college science courses, and has a master's degree in geography-climatology.

Learn about arthropods, the animals in the phylum Arthropoda. Explore the shared characteristics that define arthropods, such as jointed limbs, exoskeletons, bilateral symmetry, and being invertebrates. Finally, see some examples of arthropod types. Updated: 12/06/2021

What Is an Arthropod?

What makes you who you are? You might say you could be identified based on your hair color, how tall you are, or that you like to eat pizza.

All of these identifying features you thought of are what we call 'characteristics'. A characteristic is a feature of a person or thing that helps us to identify them from other people or things. Arthropods are a group of animals that share a common set of characteristics.

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Characteristics of Arthropods

There are many different types of animals that are grouped together as arthropods. Each animal that is classified as an arthropod has a specific set of characteristics. The most important of those characteristics are:

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