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Family Lepismatidae

In the UK this family is represented by two species, both of which are strongly associated with human habitation.

Both British species from this family can easily be distinguished from the Machilidae by shape, as the Lepismatidae are flattened, whereas the Machilidae typically have more humped and rounded body shapes. Additionaly the Lepismatidae have small, widely seperated compound eyes and no ocelli.

In the UK the family contains the following lower taxa

GenusLatin NameSynonymsEnglish Name
thermobia thermobia domestica,Packard, 1873 Firebrat
lepisma lepisma saccharina,Linnaeus, 1758 Silverfish