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Soil Centipede

Subphylum Myriapoda - Class Chilopoda - Order Geophilomorpha

Two-spotted Forester - Alypiodes bimaculata

Sonora, Sutton County, Texas
October 2005 (Mary Humphrey)


Order Geophilomorpha (11-12 families) - These centipedes have 29 or more pairs of legs. Includes the only centipedes with 100 or more legs. Many taxonomic problems. Occurrence: Worldwide.


References: 

Cloudsley-Thompson, J.L. 1958. Spiders, Scorpions, Centipedes, and Mites. (revised 1968). Pegamon, Oxford. 228 pp.

Lewis, J.G.E. 1981. The Biology of Centipedes. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Shelley, R. M. 1999. Centipedes and Millipedes with Emphasis on North America Fauna. Kansas School Naturalist, 45(3):


28 Jan 2007   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Problem Invertebrates