Subject: Centipede identification
Location: On a beach in Uraquay
February 12, 2015 1:37 am
Hi, My friend who is now (February) in Uraguay has posted a picture of this centipede . Can you identify it? Might it be poisonous? Thanks.
Signature: Paddy (UK)
This beautiful Tropical Centipede from Uruguay is in the order Scolopendromorpha, and some individuals can get quite large. They are capable of delivering a venomous bite, and there is general information on the dangers of a bite from a member of this order on BugGuide. We haven’t the skills necessary to provide you with a species name, but your individual does resemble the Florida Blue Centipede, Hemiscolopendra marginata, that is pictured on BugGuide.
Thank you SO much for that prompt and informative response. Donation via your website on its way! As an ex military jungle warfare instructor, creepy crawlies are of great interest to me. Keep up the good work!
Hi again Paddy,
Thanks for your kind words and your generosity.