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Diamondback Soil Centipede

Geophilus vittatus


Centipede with 50-60 pairs of legs and dark, diamond-shaped markings on its dorsal surface.


Spotted in a mixed forest.


Centipedes are metameric, which means that their body is divided into segments, which are mostly all identical. Metamerization is an important phenomenon that humans share with centipedes. In humans, metamerization is seen in the repeating spinal discs in our backbones.

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Nov 21, 2017
Submitted on Dec 21, 2017

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