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Stone Centipede

Stone Centipede
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
October 28, 2008
Size: roughly 50mm (2 in,)
Is this a centipede? What I think of centipedes have a more long thin uniform appearance. I've seen a couple of these lately. This one is the darker colored and larger of the two.

I had the idea that centipedes were predators, and so was confused by the absence of large mandibles until I realized that that lower ridge around the entire head seems to be a huge set of fangs!

Yes it's a centipede, looks like Lithobiomorpha, the fangs are actually the first pair of legs that have been modified to be a poison delivery device.

Re Fangs!
They look like they could puncture skin! I added the additional rough guess of 2 inches for length, after seeing similar looking specimen photos of much larger individuals. Eventually, I will hopefully update that, but it is a ballpark figure.

I noticed that some do not have the alternating narrow and wide segments. Armed with your guess, and this new data, I will try to get at a ID!

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