There are only 4 families of silverfish found worldwide, consisting of about 370 species. In Australia just 2 of these families are represented with 28 species present. The 2 Australian families are easily separated from others found throughout the world as the Nicoletiidae family are eyeless and the Lepismatidae have only small compound eyes. Follow the links below to find out more about the families of silverfish. Those in bold represent the silverfish families present in Australia.


For silverfish species visit the Australian Insect Common Names - Thysanura section found here.



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