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Species Schendyla nemorensis

Soil Centipede? - Schendyla nemorensis Soil Centipede? - Schendyla nemorensis Unidentified Centipede - Schendyla nemorensis Centipede - Schendyla nemorensis Soil Centipedes - Schendyla nemorensis Strigamia chionophila - Schendyla nemorensis Soil Centipede - Schendyla nemorensis Soil Centipede - Schendyla nemorensis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Geophilomorpha (Soil Centipedes)
Family Schendylidae
Genus Schendyla
Species nemorensis (Schendyla nemorensis)
Explanation of Names
Schendyla nemorensis (C.L. Koch 1837)
Typically less than 2 cm and very skinny, even for geophilomorphs, although I have seen longer specimens.
The terminal legs have an "inflated" appearance and lack tarsal claws.
Small invertebrates.
One of the most common geophilomorph centipedes in the northeast, but often overlooked due to its small size. Identification from images often requires a close-up view of the terminal legs as the absence of tarsal claws on the terminal legs will readily distinguish this species.
See Also
Arenophilus bipuncticeps can have the appearance of lacking tarsal claws, but actually its tarsal claws are just very small and rounded. The two look very different, as Arenophilus is larger and has a bumpy interior margin of its forcipules (fangs).
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