Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Cryptopid Centipede - (Theatops californiensis)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/12/2014

Multiple pairs of legs help the Cytopid Centipede stay a speedy creature in the American Pacific Northwest.

This lighter colored centipede can be found in the typical haunts of most other centipedes: under rocks, dead wood, leaf litter.

The claw-like pincers on their abdomen appear robust for such a slender creature. Not much is known about its life cycle or niche. Other members of this family are known to deliver painful bites so it is prudent to avoid handling them.

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Category: Centipede
Common name: Cryptopid Centipede
Scientific Name: Theatops californiensis
Other Names: Stone Centipede

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Chilopoda
     Order: Scolopendromorpha
      Family: Crptyopidae
       Genus: Theatops
        Species: californiensis

Adult Size (Length): 10mm to 65mm (0.39in to 2.56in)

Identifying Colors: brown; red; tan; orange

Additional Descriptors: legs, pincers

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): California; Oregon; Washington; British Columbia

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.