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Ctenolepisma longicaudatum Spaansepolder Positively HUGE Ctenolepisma longicaudatum found "outside" under a flyover - rather dark, cold and nasty place, whereas these are basically known only from inside human buildings ... stunning observation to me.  Ctenolepisma,Ctenolepisma longicaudata,Ctenolepisma longicaudatum,Ctenolepismatinae,Geotagged,Gray silverfish,Lepismatidae,Netherlands,Zygentoma,nl: Papiervisje Click/tap to enlarge

Ctenolepisma longicaudatum Spaansepolder

Positively HUGE Ctenolepisma longicaudatum found "outside" under a flyover - rather dark, cold and nasty place, whereas these are basically known only from inside human buildings ... stunning observation to me.

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  1. Cool! How huge is huge? Posted 3 years ago
    1. I would be (very) tempted to yell a bigger number (relatively large specimen tend to call for over-estimation it would seem), but knowing that this one must realistically have been going on 20mm body length (I would have yelled 25-30mm off hand ;o) I hardly ever see them longer than around 15mm. This one got away, but I caught a much, much smaller one at the same location and that one was 12mm ... Posted 3 years ago

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The gray silverfish, also known as giant silverfish or long-tailed silverfish, is a small insect whose Latin name is Ctenolepisma longicaudatum. As with the silverfish the gray silverfish has scales that cover the body in a silvery sheen. The gray silverfish can also move very fast. Gray silverfish are about two centimeters long and are found in books and paper. The insects often come into the house by hitchhiking with old books and newspapers, paper and old clothes.

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Similar species: Silverfish And Firebrats
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Nov 27, 2016. Captured in A20, Rotterdam, Netherlands.