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Interesting... - Machiloides

Interesting... - Machiloides
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
March 2, 2008
Size: ~12mm (body length)
Found under bark of dead tree. If you touch this, it can jump. I thought that it was a Silverfish. It has a long whip like tail which may be what enables it to jump. Anybody know what this is?

Moved from Bristletails.

The antennae appear to be completely devoid of scales, which would place it in the Meinertellidae. Machilioides is the only genus of this family known in your area.

Machilidae probably
You can tell that they're Microcoryphia because the eyes are on the top of the head rather than to the side like in Silverfish. One pretty common family is Machilidae, so you might start there. As for the photo, it's like every one you've ever posted here: exquisite!

Bristletails are not flattened like silverfish & (further more)all three cerci point in (relatively) the same direction.

That's a much quicker way to figure them out! I didn't know the cerci did that, much easier to see than the eyes. Though again, with photos like this, that isn't a huge problem

This is a great photo.
When I looked closely at these guys for the first time, the thing that stuck out to me was those HUGE eyes! The scaly body looks rather shrimp-like, too. They're just so... weird! :D

I know it's a longshot....
But I'm going back to where I found it before to see if it is still there and get a real close up of the head area. This thing looks like it jumped out of one of Karl Volkman's fossil images :^)

Jumping bristletail
Great photo! See here.

Thanks everybody....
For the ID and compliments! I would have taken some more images of it, but as I said earlier, I thought it was just a silverfish. My eyesight is really bad too. Darn bifocals just don't work too good for me :^(.

This is the first time I've ever seen or heard of a Bristletail.

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