Symphylans, also known as garden centipedes or pseudocentipedes, are soil-dwelling arthropods of the class Symphyla in the subphylum Myriapoda. Symphylans resemble centipedes, but are smaller, non-venomous, and only distantly related to true centipedes. They can move rapidly 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.
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|Taxonomy (GBIF,PBDB)||Life : Animalia : Arthropoda : Symphyla|
|Taxonomic Status (GBIF)||accepted|
|Taxon Size (PBDB)||12|
|Extant Size (PBDB)||8 (67%)|
|First Recorded Appearance||99.6 - 93.5 Ma|
|Motility||actively mobile (based on Arthropoda)|
|Primary Reference (PBDB)||G. O. Poinar and C. A. Edwards. 1995. First description of a fossil symphylan, Scutigerella dominicana sp. n. (Scutigerellidae: Symphyla), in Dominican amber. Experientia 51:391-393|
|Common Name(s)||Pseudocentipedes, Symphylans|
|Name||Status||Common Name(s)||Fossil Occurrences||Oldest||Youngest|
|accepted||No associated record in PBDB|
Unlinked PBDB sub-entries
|Not linked to GBIF||1||extant||99.6 Ma|
|Year||Name and Author|
|1995||Symphyla Poinar and Edwards|