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Soil Centipede

Order - Geophilomorpha

Description:

Slender, rather sluggish, eyeless centipedes that have 27 to 191 pairs of legs (the number of leg pairs is always odd) and 14-segmented antennae. 5-195 mm long. Whitish or yellowish, wormlike or even snakelike.

Habitat:

They are subterranean centipedes and burrow in a manner similar to earthworms, by elongating and contracting their bodies.

Notes:

The soil centipedes are the largest centipede order with 14 families, 180 genera and ~1,100 described spp. (estimated 4,000) worldwide. They eat insect larvae and worms.

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4 Comments

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

Thank you Luis, this was a first for me. Since they're so white they're probably recently hatched. I couldn't believe that they were in the wet soil and not dirty at all.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Great find, I had never seen these centipedes.

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

Thank you harsuame

harsuame
harsuame 8 years ago

Sensacional::

DianePlatcoBrooks
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DianePlatcoBrooks

Corning, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2009
Submitted on Jan 2, 2013

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