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    Cryptopid Centipede - (Theatops californiensis)

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

    Staff Writer (8/12/2014): 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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    Cryptopid Centipede

    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

    Size (Adult, 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 an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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