Ctenolepisma is a genus of primitive insects (order Zygentoma = Thysanura s.s.) closely related to the silverfish and firebrat but less reliant on human habitation, some species being found both indoors and outdoors and some found exclusively outdoors. The genus is distributed nearly worldwide in warm regions. Australia lacks native Ctenolepisma, but is home to introduced species.[1]


There are about 100 species in the genus.[1]

Species include:[2]



  1. ^ a b c Baltanás, R. M., et al. (2012). New data for a revision of the genus Ctenolepisma (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae): redescription of Ctenolepisma lineata and new status for Ctenolepisma nicoletii. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 48(1-2) 66-80
  2. ^ [Irish, 1988. Revision of the genus Ctenolepisma. Cimbebasia]
  3. ^ Molero-Baltanás, R., et al. (2005). Ctenolepisma almeriensis n. sp. of Lepismatidae (Insecta, Zygentoma) from south-eastern Spain. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 28(1), 91-99.
  4. ^ Molero-Baltanás, R., et al. (2010). On Ctenolepisma ciliata and a new related species, Ctenolepisma armeniaca sp. n.(Zygentoma, Lepismatidae). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 57(2), 243-52.


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