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Lepisma Saccharina, Linnaeus, 1758

The Silverfish

Introduction
Dur to its use in the pet trade as an easily reared food source for reptiles and large arachnids, and its strong association with man, this is probably the most familiar and widely distributed bristletail species in the world. Found outside in warmer climates, it is restricted to houses in colder more temperate climes.
It feeds on starch, and it is often considered a pest, when encountered in larders and bookshelves.

Taxonomy
Order Archeognatha, Family Lepismatidae , Genus Lepisma

Distribution
Widely spread throughout the world, but strongly tied to human habitation.

Habitat
Often found inside houses. It requires a degree of dampness in its environment.

Behaviour
Known to feed on carbohydrates and dead animal and vegetable matter.