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millipede - Pachymerium ferrugineum

millipede - Pachymerium ferrugineum
Schwenksville, montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
March 31, 2015
Even through the snowey winter I was able to find these guys under leaf litter.

Moved from Soil Centipedes.

Pachymerium ferrugineum
Based on around 43 pairs of legs (not many northeastern soil centipedes have so few!) and the fact that the fangs extend forward past the edge of the head. This is an amazing species that often lives in the intertidal zone, eating barnacles, amphipods, worms etc. It can even survive several hours in salt water!

thats a very cool critter! How is it that it was in my front yard?

They often live outside of th
They often live outside of the intertidal zone, they just prefer moist areas. It's just that they're one of the few centipedes that can live on the shore.

That really is pretty cool.
That really is pretty cool.

Not many intertidal zones in PA

Cropped and moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

One pair of legs per body segment = centipede.

That's good basic info. thank you! I'm learning so much more than I thought I could about ecology since getting into macro photography! Everyone here at te Guide are the BEST! :)

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