AZ scolopendromorpha (giant centipedes)

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AZ scolopendromorpha (giant centipedes)

Post by cacoseraph on Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:03 am

http://www.geocities.com/blight_child/centis/states/cent_AZ.html

This will list all the Scolopendromorpha known to exist in Arizona, USA.


see end of this for bib/sites

key: if Genus species is bold, then that species occurs in AZ. if the name is not bold, then the range suggests the species *may one day* be located in AZ

DmbRS = Distribution map, by R. Shelley
GIS = Google Image Search


Order: Scolopendromorpha
Family: Scolopendridae
Sub-family: Scolopendrinae
Genus: Scolopendra


Scolopendra polymorpha: http://www.naturalsciences.org/research/inverts/centipedes/S_polymorpha.gif http://images.google.com/images?svnum=30&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&q=Scolopendra+polymorpha
. . . Range: All AZ

Scolopendra heros: http://www.naturalsciences.org/research/inverts/centipedes/S_heros.gif http://images.google.com/images?svnum=50&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=scolopendra+heros http://photobucket.com/albums/b287/cacoseraph/centipede/handling/?action=view&current=Sc_heros_c3_hand_patches.jpg
. . . Range: E half, except N border

Scolopendra viridis: http://www.naturalsciences.org/research/inverts/centipedes/S_viridis.gif http://images.google.com/images?q=scolopendra%20viridis&num=50&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&sa=N&tab=wi
. . . Range: All but W edge

Genus: Arthrorhabdus

Arthrorhabdus pygmaeus: Distribution map, by R.Shelley
. . . Range: West Texas, and much of northern Mexico. i am hoping this will extend to CA one day, too


Family: Scolopocryptopidae (note: these are all eyeless, i believe, and tend to be on the smaller side)
Sub-family: Scolopocryptopinae
Genus: Scolopocryptops



Scolopocryptops gracilis: http://www.naturalsciences.org/research/inverts/centipedes/Sgracilis.gif http://images.google.com/images?svnum=30&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=scolopocryptops+(not to species level)
. . . Range: NW corner


Genus: Kethops (note: still blind... =P)

Kethops utahensis: http://www.naturalsciences.org/research/inverts/centipedes/Kethopinae.gif
. . . Range: Spotty distribution in central CA and New Mexico, i.e. E AND W of AZ, but not in AZ


Family: Cryptopidae (note: these are all eyeless, i am almost postitive, and tend to be on the smaller side)
Sub-family: Plutoniuminae (gee that sounds pretty carverniculous... Pluto being the god of the underworld and all...)
Genus: Theatops



Theatops posticus: http://www.naturalsciences.org/research/inverts/centipedes/T_posticus.gif http://images.google.com/images?svnum=50&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=Theatops+posticus
. . . Range: All but NE corner



Other centipedes of interest in AZ:

Lithobiomorpha - "stone life shape" - Stone centipedes. http://images.google.com/images?svnum=30&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=lithobiomorpha+OR+lithobiomorph+OR+lithobius&btnG=Search

These could easily be mistaken for "baby scolos". They seem to max out at 1.5"BL for the southern CA variety i often when while bugging. The babies are tiny, i've seen as small as 5-7mm. I have seen hundreds of red stoners, but i FINALLY saw my first black one!


Geophilomorpha - "soil love shape" - Soil Centipedes http://images.google.com/images?svnum=30&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=geophilomorpha

These are long and worm-like centipedes. I think they are attractive, and have seen gold, red, and gold with a read head. They seen to max out at ~3.5"BL, and have tiny legs for their body size. These centipedes can have the most leg bearing body segments, with something 137 or 177 body segments!


Scutigeromorpha - "scutigero shape" heh, i don't know that one - House Centipedes http://images.google.com/images?svnum=30&hl=en&lr=&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=scutigeromorpha&btnG=Search

With what i am pretty confident are the longest legs in proportion to body width, scuti's are not your average looking centipedes. I wish i could get them to eat, cuz i would really like to raise some in captivity. These things are ALL legs. Souther CA species max out at ~1.5-2"BL, but with legs and antenna EASILY exceed 4"! They seriously tickle when they run on you.

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Re: AZ scolopendromorpha (giant centipedes)

Post by cacoseraph on Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:05 am

ooh, that is kind of ugly. still getting used to this parser :/

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