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soil centipede? - Geophilus vittatus

soil centipede? - Geophilus vittatus
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
March 5, 2010
Size: ~5cm
Found in leaf litter. This centipede has a nice pattern down it's back.

Moved from Soil Centipedes.

Geophilus vittatus
Beautiful picture! This is one of the commonest and largest geophilomorphs in the eastern U.S. Based on:

- dorsal diamond-shaped markings
- no tapering of the body width toward the head

Moved from Centipedes.

I've never seen/collected a soil centipede before: what size are they?

Long and leggy
They don't get huge, but this one was around 5 cm.

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