Subject: Vietnamese cave bug
Location: central Vietnam
September 13, 2015 6:42 am
We saw these bugs in Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam. The porters called them Scary Marys but I was wondering what the real name is (and what they are…spider? insect?
Can you please help me identify it?
It was approximately the length of an adult’s hand and moved very quickly. Most of the porters believed that they were venomous (they said poisonous) but one of the porters held it and allowed it to crawl on his back.
Though it was found in a cave, we believe this is a member of the order Scutigeromorpha, the members of which are commonly called House Centipedes. We found several similar looking images online, including an image on Live Science from Malaysia, and image from Borneo on Loupiote.com that is identified as Thereuopoda longicornis and an image from Malaysia on Spiders-UK.