n. [L. prae, before; Gr. tarsos, flat of the foot]
The terminal segment of the leg of various arthropods, usually consisting of the lateral claws (ungues), and one or more pad-like structures; dactyl; dactylopod(ite).
2. (ARTHROPODA: Chelicerata)
In Acari, a small, terminal part of the tarsus with an endoskeleton of two sclerotized pieces articulating with the apotele.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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