Slender, rather sluggish eyeless centipedes that have 27 to 191 pairs (the number of leg pairs is always odd) of legs and 14-segmented antennae. They burrow in the substrate in a manner similar to earthworms, by elongating and contracting their bodies.(1)
occur natively on all the inhabited continents; some spp. have been introduced to oceanic islands(1)
From sea level to high elevations; several species inhabit littoral zones(1); can penetrate as deep as 70 cm into soil(2)
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