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Chilopoda

Lithobius forficatus

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropod
Subphylum
Myriapoda
Chilopoda


Chilopoda is the main class of centipedes. A centipede is a myriapod that has usually more than 26 legs. Some certain species can have up to 100 legs, as the name implies. There are 4 orders and 22 families of centipedes.

Appearance Edit

A centipede can have anywhere from 26-100 legs. A centipede's body is worm-like and it may look like a centipede has two heads. The antennae are sometimes barely noticable.

Defense Edit

Centipedes are commonly flexible and fast, making it hard to kill or capture one. Most species will also attack with venom, that will sting if you are touched.

Feeding Edit

Centipedes are nocturnal hunters, thus meaning that they hunt mainly at night. All centipedes are predacious. They sometimes even use their venom to kill large prey.

Life Cycle Edit

The male centipedes drop sperm on the ground and the female eventually picks it up. The eggs are often laid underground in large numbers.

Geography Edit

Centipedes mainly live worldwide, but mainly live in temperate locations and tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Orders Edit

Four orders of centipedes exist in the world from prehistoric times to current day.

GeophilidaEdit

The order Geophilida is an order of centipedes that are usually straw color to brown and are long and slender, usually made up of 35 segments.

LithobiidaEdit

Lithobiida is an order of centipedes that are usually red-brown with a flat body and usually have around 15 pairs of legs.

ScolopendridaEdit

Centipedes in the order Scolopendrida are usually bright colored with dark stripes or bands. They usually have 21 or 23 pairs of legs.

ScutigeridaEdit

Scutigerid centipedes are fairly short that are usually brown with some pale markings. These centipedes have 30 legs that are very long.


Sources Edit

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