Silverfish may be found in moist, humid environments or dry conditions, both as free-living organisms or nest-associates. They feed on cereals, paste, paper, starch in clothes, rayon fabrics and dried meats. Silverfish can sometimes be found in bathtubs or sinks at night, as they have difficulty moving on smooth surfaces and so become trapped. Wild species often are found in habitats such as caves, and some are commensals living in association with ant colonies, e.g., Trichatelura manni (Torgerson & Akre 1969). There are no current species formally considered to be at conservation risk, though several are troglobites limited to one or a few caves or cave systems, and these species run an exceptionally high risk of extinction.
- Torgerson, R. and R. D. Akre 1969. Reproductive Morphology and Behavior of a Thysanuran, Trichatelura manni, Associated with Army Ants. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 62:1367-1374.
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