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Silverfish and Fire Brats: Thysanura

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Silverfish And Fire Brats And People, Silverfish (lepisma Saccharina): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

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Thysanurans are found worldwide.

Thysanurans are found in moist habitats, but a few are found in sandy deserts. They live under bark, rocks, rotting logs, and leaf litter. Some species prefer to live in caves, among ants or termites, or with people.

Thysanurans eat decaying or dried plants and animal remains. Species living with people feed on starchy materials, such as paper, cardboard, book bindings, wallpaper paste, and some fabrics. They also eat the starch used to make fabrics stiff. Species living with ants get food by stealing it from their hosts.

No species of thysanuran are threatened or endangered.

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