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Species Geophilus flavus - Boreal Yellow-headed Soil Centipede

Soil Centipede - Geophilus flavus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Geophilomorpha (Soil Centipedes)
Family Geophilidae
Genus Geophilus
Species flavus (Boreal Yellow-headed Soil Centipede)
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)
Identification
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).
Range
From Europe, only sparsely recorded in the US. It appears to be most common in the northeast, possible replacing G. vittatus in the garden.
Habitat
In soil and beneath rocks and logs. Occassionally seen in the intertidal zone.
Food
Small invertebrates. In the intertidal zone they probably prey on amphipods and other small crustaceans.
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