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Relic Silverfish Facts, Diet, Habitat & Information

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OTHER NAME

Venerable silverfish.

FAMILY

Lepidotrichidae

TAXONOMY

Tricholepidion gertschi Wygodzinsky, 1961, 2 mi (3.2 km) north of Piercy, Mendocino County, California, United States.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 0.47 in (12 mm); physique elongated, lacks scales. Compound eyes and three ocelli; caudal appendages longer than remainder of physique. Color reddish brown to yellowish.

DISTRIBUTION

Restricted to the redwood-mixed conifer forest of the coastal vary of northern California.

HABITAT

Lives below rotten bark and decaying wooden of Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).

BEHAVIOR

When uncovered, tries to run away at excessive pace or shows warning posture elevating the physique above the substrate, standing on the tips of the claws and transferring the tip of the stomach and caudal appendages laterally.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feeds on vegetable detritus and terrestrial algae.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

After female and male encounter each other, foreplay takes place, during which the male waves his caudal appendages intensively and for brief intervals in fast succession, and the feminine follows the male in “tandem-walks,” touching the male appendages together with her antennae. The male then rotates and faces the feminine, runs previous the feminine a number of occasions, and at last bends the stomach dorsally and laterally, on the identical time strolling slowly and rotating whereas secreting threads of silk, upon which he in the end place a spermatophore. The feminine then walks towards the male, and the male grasps her along with his caudal appendages till she picks up the spermatophore together with her ovipositor.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not listed by the IUCN. This species lives in affiliation with fallen Douglas firs in a complicated state of decay, and can be myearmecophilous, relying on the presence of a species of carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.). It won't be in danger so long as forest administration practices depart enough fallen bushes in an acceptable stage of decay, and don't alter the thermal or moisture circumstances of the forest understory.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

The household Lepidotrichidae was identified solely from Oligocene fossils till dwelling specimens have been found in northwestern California in 1959, and is represented as we speak solely by Tricholepidion gertschi. The household is thus of curiosity to scientists as a result of it's thought of essentially the most primitive of the thysanurans and the hyperlink between primitive wingless and winged bugs.