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Fire*brat? (We always called them silverfish.) - Ctenolepisma longicaudata

Fire*brat? (We always called them silverfish.) - Ctenolepisma longicaudata
Irvine, Orange County, California, USA
November 22, 2006
Size: guess 1"
We were wrong, right?

Since posting, I've been researching a bit. Neither silverfish nor fire*brat seems a match. This critter was:

Too large (way bigger than either)
Too dry (in the house, nowhere near moisture)
Too cool
Too calm (totally ignored me, inches away)
Too sure-footed (on a vertical suface with a slippery finish)
Too much!

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Fire*brat? (We always called them silverfish.) - Ctenolepisma longicaudata Fire*brat? (We always called them silverfish.) - Ctenolepisma longicaudata

,,,
...unnecessary

Moved
Moved from Firebrat.

My silverfish is on the move.
Thanks, Robin, for giving it an ID and new home. It's interesting to me to see they're in the midwest, where I grew up, and SoCal, where I am now.

Ctenolepisma longicaudata
Gray Silverfish, AKA Giant Silverfish and Long-tailed Silverfish. I made a Guide page here with a description and notes on how to distinguish this species from related ones.

Silverfish are usually hairle
Silverfish are usually hairless with smooth shiny scales. This is a firebrat (same order and family). I don't know the species.

 
Thanks, Dennis
This is just one more indication that my childhood was misspent. LOL.

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