Lepismatidae

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Lepismatidae
Silberfischchen.jpg
Silverfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Apterygota
Order: Thysanura
Family: Lepismatidae
Genera include

Acrotelsa
Allacrotelsa
Ctenolepisma
Lepisma
Leucolepisma
Mirolepisma
Neoasterolepisma
Prolepismina
Stylifera
Thermobia
Tricholepisma

Lepismatidae is a family of primitive wingless insects belonging to the order Thysanura with about 190 described species. This family contains the two most familiar apterygotes, the silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) and the firebrat (Thermobia domestica).

Lepismatids are elongated, flattened insects, the majority of which are scavengers. The abdomen is usually clothed in tiny scales and terminates with 3 "tails" of roughly equal length. The compound eyes are small and well separated.

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