Giant Centipede from Australia, we believe

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

2 thoughts on “Giant Centipede from Australia, we believe”

  1. It’s 100% Ethmostigmus rubripes. Did you find this specimen in Melbourne? Because they don’t naturally occure so far south.


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