Symphyla

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Symphyla
Scutigerella immaculata
Unidentified species
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Myriapoda
Class: Symphyla
Ryder, 1880
Families

Scutigerellidae
Scolopendrellidae

Symphyla are soil-dwelling arthropods in the subphylum Myriapoda. They are sometimes called garden centipedes or glasshouse symphylans, Symphylans look like centipedes, but are smaller and translucent. They can move quickly through the pores between soil particles, and are typically found from the surface down to a depth of about 50 cm. They consume decaying vegetation, but can do considerable harm in an agricultural setting by consuming seeds, roots, and root hairs in cultivated soil.