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Class Symphyla - Symphylans

Centipede nymph ? Garden Centipede? Symphylan Tiny Centipede Symphyla IMG_6582 Symphylan Symphylan IMG_0586 Symphylan
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Symphyla (Symphylans)
Other Common Names
Dwarf Millipedes, Garden Centipedes, Garden Symphylans, Glasshouse Symphylans, Symphylids/Symphilids
Explanation of Names
Symphyla Ryder 1880
Size
1-8 mm long
Identification
White, slender, prominent antennae with many segments; numerous legs. Well developed head. Newly hatched nymphs have only six pairs, but the total number of legs grows with each molt.
Range
All continents except Antarctica
Habitat
Soil, especially the upper 12-15 cm
Season
All stages can be found throughout the year, but most eggs and early nymphs are found in the spring and fall.
Food
mainly roots or fungi; many are probably omnivorous
Remarks
may cause damage to plants, especially in greenhouses
Print References
(1)
Internet References
Fact sheet (Berry 1998)
Works Cited
1.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.