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Photo#50109
Giant Redheaded Centipede - Scolopendra heros

Giant Redheaded Centipede - Scolopendra heros
Outside of Brownsville off Highway 48, Cameron County, Texas, USA
April 30, 2006
Size: Approximately 5 inches

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Anterior end of S. heros. No
Anterior end of S. heros. Note the change from sparsely hirsute to densely hirsute antennal articles at the end of the 5th article. The first (proximal, basal) 5 antennomeres appear smooth, shiny, and glossy in the photo, in contrast to the remaining antennomeres, which are fuzzy or velveteen in appearance. This is because there is a change there in the degree of pilosity on the articles; at some point in most scolopendromorph centipedes there is a transition from sparsely hirsute to densely hirsute antennomeres, and the position of this transition is an important taxonomic character. The position isn't fixed in any species but has a range, like from the 4th-6th antennomeres.

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