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Subject: Centipede.
Location: Grand Rapids MI
March 20, 2016 11:10 am
Is this a centipede carcass?
Signature: Cathy S

Centipede Exuvia

Centipede Exuvia

Dear Cathy,
This is not an image of a carcass.  It is a Centipede Exuvia, the cast off exoskeleton that remains when an arthropod molts.

Thank you for your prompt response, Daniel.  I found the centipede exoskeleton at the library where I work.  I understand that centipedes prey on other insects, so having a few around might be an advantage, although their appearance might freak out a few of our patrons.
Peace
Cathy

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Subject: rainbow colored centipede?
Location: vancouver, Wa
March 6, 2016 6:05 am
I have a friend who was out on a walk on February 10 and spotted this guy. This was in North Vancouver, WA known as salmon creek. You have permission to use the photo and my writing for this for your website.
Signature: Jason

Centipede

Centipede

Dear Jason,
Though it is quite colorful, we do not believe this is normal for this Centipede.  We believe it is a Stone Centipede in the order Lithobiomorpha.  We will continue to research this unusual coloration.

Very odd indeed, I am a senior completing a bachelor degree in biology and minor in chemistry and tried doing research on it before emailing you guys.  Almost nothing that bright colored naturally exists in this area so it particularly peaked my interest.
Thanks,
Jason

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Subject: Bug found in bed!
Location: Norfolk, England
March 2, 2016 2:14 am
Hi Bugman,
I found this in my bed last night. I woke up at about 3am and I swear I saw something small glowing in the dark under my thin topsheet. I panicked and threw the blanket off, once I turned on the lights I saw this. What is it? How did it get into my apartment situated on the third floor? Will they keep appearing, eggs? This isnt the first time I have found one of these, I found one in my kitchen a few months back but thought nothing of it.
Thanks
Signature: Scarlett

Soil Centipede

Soil Centipede

Dear Scarlett,
This is not the first posting we have received regarding a bioluminescent Soil Centipede in the order Geophilomorpha.  When we posted images of a Fire Centipede from Gabon, we did much research, but alas, the link to information on
Geophilus carpophagus from the Natural England website appears to be broken and no longer active.  Apheloria has information on a bioluminescent Centipede from Thailand including:  “The centipede … glows … and displays a pair of luminous green spots” and “The genus Orphnaeus, in the order Geophilomorpha, are bioluminescent centipedes that are distributed throughout the Old World Tropics including Africa, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Hawaii. Orphnaeus (pronounced “orf-nee-us”) is in my opinion a better candidate for the maeng-kah-reaung; however, I’m almost certain they do not crawl into folks’ ears. They do, according to Kim, smell like poop. (That said, If any myriapod is a candidate for crawling into ears, it’s centipedes – as they are fast, flexible, and cunning!)”  EakringBirds has a Centipedes and Millipedes of Nottinghamshire page with a heading “Confirmation of bioluminescence produced by Geophilus easoni” where it states “We also wanted complete confirmation to our initial identification of G. easoni, ending the still scientifically unknown answer to the question, as to precisely which Centipede (or possibly Centipedes) has the ability to create its own bioluminescence. So two specimens were sent to Tony Barber of the British Myriapod and Isopod Study Group, who quickly confirmed that both were indeed Geophilus easoni.  It seems strange that no one had determined bioluminescence in Centipedes before, although G. easoni had been quoted as being bioluminescent by at least one earlier author. The rarity of such reports may have been why no one has spent any time researching the subject.  Three nocturnal path walks in April and May 2013, yielded a total of 20 G. easoni (identification later confirmed before release). Out of the total, 16 produced varying degrees of bioluminescence. Variability was recorded in the length of time bioluminescence lasted, exactly where bioluminescence was emitted from over the length of the Centipede and the release or non-release of bioluminescent fluid which was found to have a distinct odour akin to a sweet urine smell. Specimens in the larger size range (probably all mature females) seemed to react better than smaller specimens.”  We are relatively certain your Soil Centipede is Geophilus easoni.  You might also find this other, well researched posting of a Soil Centipede interesting.  

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Subject: What’s this centipede and its scientific name?
Location: Melbourne Australia
February 13, 2016 8:41 am
Hello just would like to know what type of centipede it is and what’s it’s exsact scientific name. I’m pretty die it’s a tiger centipede but there’s so many species. Pls help! Thank you
Signature: Adrian

Scolopendrid Centipede

Scolopendrid Centipede

Dear Adrian,
We are unable to provide you with conclusive information you are requesting regarding the exact scientific name for your Centipede.  We wish you had provided information on its size.  It appears to be crawling up a paper shredder, which would make it a very large Centipede indeed.  This is a Bark Centipede or Tropical Centipede in the Order Scolopendromorpha.  According to the Queensland Museum:  “The centipede’s poison claws are a modified pair of legs – the first pair, right under the head. The long end-legs are often spiny and some centipedes brandish them when threatened, but they cannot bite or sting. Most bites are from one order of centipedes, the Giant Centipedes (Scolopendromorpha). These centipedes are the large, scary types usually found under rocks and logs, but sometimes wander into our houses. Bites cause minor to severe pain.”
  We believe this might be the Giant Centipede, Ethmostigmus rubripes.  According to The Australian Museum:  “This is the largest native Australian centipede and is a member of the scolopendrid family.”  The site also states:  “The Giant Centipede ranges in colour from dark blue-green-brown to orange-yelllow.  It has black bands along the body and yellow legs and antenna.  The body is long and flatterned with 25 or 27 body segments and 21 or 23 pairs of legs. The first pair of legs behind the head are modified claws which curve around its head and can deliver venom into its prey. The venom is toxic to both mammals and insects, but does not appear to be strong enough to kill large animals quickly.”

Scolopendrid Centipede

Scolopendrid Centipede

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Subject: Please Help Identify
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
November 24, 2015 8:12 am
Hi There,
A colleague found this ‘bug’ dead in a outdoor store room. We have never seen anything like it and it sent everyone running for the hills. Any idea what it is?
Thanks
Signature: Claudia Handschuh

Centipede

Centipede

Hi Claudia,
We love your submitted image.  For the moment, we can tell you that this is a Centipede in the order Scolopendromorpha, and we will attempt to determine a species later in the day.

Wow thanks for the reply! I will let everyone know. I had guesses that it was a cross between a centipede and a scorpion, a little dramatic :)

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Subject: Wuut is this?
Location: Johannesbur, South Africa
November 13, 2015 3:16 pm
I was alarmed when this little buddy fell out of the dish cloth from my hand.
I’ve never seen these before. What are they called? Its approx 5 cm long. Wriggled more than moving foward.
Signature: Therry

Soil Centipede

Soil Centipede

Dear Therry,
We believe this Centipede may be a Soil Centipede in the order Geophilomorpha, though there is nothing quite this colorful posted to iSpot.

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