As they can be found in greenhouses, symphylans are sometimes known as ‘glasshouse symphylans’ or ‘garden centipedes’. There are approximately 200 described species.
Symphylans are small arthropods resembling centipedes. They are:
Their unpigmented bodies have between 15 to 24 segments. Adult symphylans have 12 pairs of legs, but they start life with only 6 pairs and add on a pair at each moult.
They are primarily detritivores and herbivores, feeding on plant matter.
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