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Arizona giant centipede - Scolopendra heros

Arizona giant centipede - Scolopendra heros
Sycamore Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 23, 2005
Size: very big
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum website, as well as one photo in the Bugguide, suggest this is Scolopendra heros. However, it differs from examples of that species from other states in having the inverse coloration in the body and head. Is this really just geographical variation? If so, "Giant Redheaded Centipede" is hardly a helpful English name. The Desert Museum's name is Giant Desert Centipede, also not very useful if it occurs in places like Arkansas. How about "Inversible Giant Centipede?"

Moved
Moved from Scolopendra.

Scolopendra heros again.
Scolopendra heros again.

Compare to S. heros arizonens
Compare to S. heros arizonensis or S. heros heros.

 
Compare where?
In the Bugguide, there are no listed subspecies.

 
You are the first post
for this subspecies I guess. Try googling the subspecies. Make sure to try the "image" google. It does come up with some comparison shots.

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