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APTERYGOTA (bristletails, silverfish and firebrats (primitively wingless insects))

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Subclass)

ARCHAEOGNATHA (bristletails)
MACHILIDAE (bristle-tails), eg: Unidentified Dilta (Unidentified Dilta Bristle Tails) - Female - dorsal view, with droppings and shed scales
Order 6 subtaxa 4 ident refs
ZYGENTOMA (silverfish and firebrats) Order 2 subtaxa  
LEPISMATIDAE (silverfish and firebrats) Family 2 subtaxa  
Ctenolepisma longicaudata (a bristle-tail) Species   1 ident refs
Lepisma saccharina Linnaeus, 1758 (Silver Fish, Silverfish)
Dorso-lateral view - on carpet

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Delaney, M.J., 1954 Thysanura and Diplura
Lubbock, J., 1873 Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura
Savory, T.H., 1955 The World of Small Animals

Stored product pests

Mound, L. (ed), 1989 Common Insects of Stored Products: a guide to their identification.

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 2 general literature references to APTERYGOTA (bristletails, silverfish and firebrats (primitively wingless insects))

APTERYGOTA may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 2 feeding and other relationships of APTERYGOTA (bristletails, silverfish and firebrats (primitively wingless insects))

Further Information

Notes (MWS) Primitive wingless insects without, or with only minor, changes as they develop (metamorphosis).
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