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Doorway bug

Observed: 8th March 2011 By: RoseJonesRoseJones’s reputation in Invertebrates
doorway bug: what is it?
Description:

Seen on a wet March day in a village in the Malaga Sierra. About 2cm long

Identifications
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Christian Owen's picture

Bristle-tails (Machilidae)

Others may be interested to know...the key by Delaney (for British spp) can now be found online.

http://www.royensoc.co.uk/sites/default/files/old_res_handbooks/Vol01_Pa...

Its also been revised by Matt Prince through his website here...

http://www.bristletail.net/british_isles/index.html

Regards Chris

John Bratton's picture

It is a thysanuran, but not

It is a thysanuran, but not the silverfish Lepisma saccharina.

RoseJones's picture

Jumping Bristletail

I've got it, and it's not Thysanuran now. The encyclopedia shows Petrobius Brevistylis Carpenter, a species of JUMPING BRISTLETAIL, which was previously grouped with the silverfish Thysanuran but is now given the separate order Microcorphia (family Machilidae). Makes sense as I have seen them use their tails as a spring to jump. Thanks for all your help.