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Scolopendrid Centipede (Hemiscolopendra marginata)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Scolopendrid Centipede, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 9/13/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Scolopendrid Centipede  
Picture of Scolopendrid-Centipede
Picture of Scolopendrid-Centipede

Scolopendrid Centipedes are sluggish, soil dwellers that occasionally wander indoors.

Scolopendrid Centipedes are commonly found in leaf litter, under wood and stones, or even wandering the ground. They are like other centipedes, having the same flexibility and segmentation. This species has some color variation among individuals. Some are a bluish-gray, while other appear more green or yellowish. They move underground like worms, stretching their bodies and contracting them, and eat invertebrates found in the soil. They also move above ground hunting other small insects.

Scolopendrid Centipedes produce vemon and they use it to dispatch their prey. They may bite people if handled roughly. These bites are painful, but not life threatening, though medical attention may be useful if symptoms do not diminish in a few days. If found indoors and live capture is possible, releasing Scolopendrid Centipedes into the garden helps control pest insects.

Scolopendrid Centipede Information

Category: Centipede
Common Name: Scolopendrid Centipede
Scientific Name: Hemiscolopendra marginata

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Chilopoda
    Arrow graphic Order: Scolopendromorpha
     Arrow graphic Family: Scolopendridae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Hemiscolopendra
       Arrow graphic Species: marginata

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 13 mm to 57 mm (0.507 inches to 2.223 inches)
Identifying Colors: gray, yellow, blue, green
Additional Descriptors: segmented, curvy, plate, armor, legs, flat

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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