Living With Zygentoma

Silverfish

Silverfish Photo: Siga

Throughout much of the 20th century the Zygentoma (silverfish and relatives) were lumped together with the Archeognatha, or jumping bristle tails in an order known as Thysanura. Today the jumping bristletails are placed in their own Order, Archeognatha. With all the remaining Thysanura species belonging to the Zygentoma, Zygentoma has become the Order name of silverfish and their relatives with Thysanura becoming a “deprecated name”. Thysanura still has some use today (change is hard) and typically refers to the Zygentoma.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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