Centipedes


formal_name
Chilopoda and Diplopoda
description
Centipedes are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric animals with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Centipedes can easily be distinguished from millipedes by counting the number of pairs of legs arising from most body segments: millipedes have two pairs, while centipedes bear one pair per segment, with the first pair of legs being modified into fangs.
color
Varies. The majority are brownish or orange-brown.
legs
100
shape
Centipedes are generally flattened and have a pair of well developed antennae on the head. Some centipedes, such as the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata Linnaeus), have long legs and are capable of running rapidly.
size
Most species are less than 1 ½ inch long, although one species, Narceus americanus (Beauvois) (Order Spirobolida), in west Texas grows up to 4 inches long.
antenanae
yes
region
habits
habitat
Centipedes are frequently found around buildings.
threats
None
prevention
Seal cracks in foundation, windows, and doors. Reduce the amount of leaves and mulch near your home.
catagories
Occassional Invader
pest_category_id
7
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