Lepismatidae

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Welcome to Lepismatidae.  Why Lepismatidae?  Well, for starters, silverfish was taken already.  And maybe it was just a little too obvious for my sharp librarian wit (courtesy laugh here, please).  What are Lepismatidae/silverfish?  They look suspiciously like little flat, silver (duh) book lobsters.  Without the scary claws.

The Animal Diversity Web has this (among other things) to say about silverfish:

[Lepisma saccharina] They usually do relatively little damage, but will feed on paper, book bindings, wallpaper, rayon drapes, starched cotton, linen, and silk (Washington State University 1997)...   Silverfish are primitive insects that were on earth before the cockroaches (Bochnak 1999).*
Mmm.  Book bindings.  

Their little buddies in the Lepismatidae family are called "firebrats" (Thermobia domestica).  They look & eat pretty much the same, except they tend to live near the furnace and frequently have a reddish tint.  He probably won't chime in here much...  or at all.

But enough about them.   This site is where I'll be keeping all kinds of stuff, arbitrarily updated based on random whims. 

*Lopez, M. 2001. "Lepisma saccharina" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed May 06, 2005 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Lepisma_saccharina.html