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Species Scutigera coleoptrata - House Centipede

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Scutigeromorpha (House Centipedes)
Family Scutigeridae
Genus Scutigera
Species coleoptrata (House Centipede)
Explanation of Names
Scutigera coleoptrata (Linnaeus 1758)
body up to 50 mm, usually 25‒30 mm
Native to the Mediterranean region, has spread throughout much of Eurasia and North America.
Mostly encountered indoors in damp areas such as bathrooms, cellars, &c. It will venture beyond such areas and is often seen scurrying across floors or walls. Outdoors, under logs, rocks, and similar moist protected places.
Indoors, likely to be found year-round, provided the temperatures are warm, and prey available. In the north they will only be found outside during summer, in the south they may live outdoors all year long
other arthropods, including cockroach nymphs, flies, moths, bedbugs, crickets, silverfish, earwigs, and small spiders
Life Cycle
A female may lay from 35 to >100 eggs. Larvae hatch with 4 pairs of legs and get more as they mature, up to 15 pairs at maturity.
not dangerous to humans, 'jaws' (actually modified front legs) cannot easily pierce human skin
Print References
Lewis J.G.E. (1981) The biology of centipedes. Cambridge University press, Cambridge. 476 pp.
Works Cited
1.Spiders and Their Kin: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
Herbert W. Levi, Lorna R. Levi, Nicholas Strekalovsky. 2001. St. Martin's Press.
2.Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, 2nd edition
Charles L. Hogue. 1992. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.