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Soil centipede

Order Geophilomorpha


Slender, rather sluggish eyeless centipedes that have 27 to 191 pairs (the number of leg pairs is always odd) of legs and 14-segmented antennae. They burrow in the substrate in a manner similar to earthworms, by elongating and contracting their bodies.


Found under a piece of old railroad tie in my backyard. This mini ecosystem houses ants, soil centipedes, isopods, beetles, and various other invertebrates.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 36.74, Long: -95.95

Spotted on Apr 23, 2011
Submitted on Feb 18, 2012

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