Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly Necrophloeophagus longicornis in North America, it was found to be the same as a Geophilus from Europe. This happens a lot in centipede taxonomy.
Explanation of Names
Geophilus flavus (De Geer 1778)
49-57 pairs of legs, tarsal claws present, and prosternal chitin lines that run parallel to the lateral margin of the prosternum (visible only under a microscope).
From Europe, only sparsely recorded in the US. It appears to be most common in the northeast, possible replacing G. vittatus in the garden.
In soil and beneath rocks and logs. Occassionally seen in the intertidal zone.
Small invertebrates. In the intertidal zone they probably prey on amphipods and other small crustaceans.