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Firebrat
Firebrat
General Information
Universe Real Life
Aliases Thermophila furnorum
Classification Thermobia domestica
Species Type Thysanuran
Homeworld Earth
Environment Nearly Cosmopolitan
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Lifespan 3-5 years
Average Length 1–1.5 cm
Locomotion Crawling on six legs
Feeding Behavior Detritivore
Prey Carbohydrates & starches
(ex. dog food, Flour, Book bindings)
Lineage Information
Related Species Silverfish
Giant Silverfish
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Ecdysozoa
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Hexapoda
Class Insecta
Subclass Apterygota
Order Thysanura
Family Lepismatidae
Genus Thermobia
Species domestica
Other Information
Status Least Concern

Firebrats (Thermobia domestica or occasionally Thermophila furnorum) is a small thysanuran related to the silverfish. In direct contrast to the Silverfish, the Firebrat prefers higher temperatures and require some level of humidity. They can be expected to be found in locations like bakeries or near boilers and furnaces.

Detritivores by nature they feed upon a wide variety of carbohydrates and starches so long as they are protein sources as well, which in modern times may include dog food, flour and book bindings, making them pests in human society although they do not cause major damage; even so they can contaminate food stock, damage paper goods and stain clothing. Outside of this they are mostly harmless. Almost cosmopolitan, they can be found throughout most parts of the world, especially in human settlements, but are naturally found outdoors under rocks, leaf litter and similar environs.

A female firebrat begins laying eggs at the age of 1½ to 4½ months, so long as the temperature is between 32–41 °C (90–106 °F). Again in stark contrast to their relatives the Silverfish, they may lay up to 10,000,000 eggs during their lifetime. After an incubation period of 12–13 days the nymphs hatch. The timeline of maturity varies between as little as 2-4 months, which leaves them open to produce several generations each and every year.

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