Coloured SEM of a silverfish (order Thysanura)

Coloured SEM of a silverfish (order Thysanura)

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This image is part of the feature Living Fossils

Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Silverfish. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a silverfish (Lepisma saccha- rina). These primitive insects have remained unchanged for millions of years, and are considered living fossils. The head of this insect is covered in sensory hairs, and its mouthparts (purple) are seen. It has two long antennae which protrude from its head at upper left and right. They are covered in tiny shiny scales which give them their common name. Silverfish are bristlet- ails of the order Thysanura. Silverfish are common household pests, feeding on spilled food such as flour and sugar. They may grow to two centimetres in length. Magnification: x25 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bristletail, head, household pest, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lepisma saccharina, living fossil, nature, pest, primitive, silverfish, silverfish head, thysanura, wildlife, zoology

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