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Soil Centipede - Geophilus flavus

Soil Centipede - Geophilus flavus
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
October 15, 2011

Moved from Geophilus.

Moved from Soil Centipedes.
Thanks Joseph. Is this an immature centipede that hasn't gotten its color or pattern yet?

G. flavus
99% sure. I've started looking at a lot of these from Maine and they all match this appearance and the number of 55 pairs of legs, with the darker head and very pale body. A European introduction.

correction: Geophilus sp.
Now that I look at the shape of the antennae this is NOT Schendyla (glad I left some uncertainty there!).

It belongs to the genus Geophilus, to get a more specific ID I would need to have the specimen under a scope.

Schendyla ? Maybe ...
The ones that look like this are almost always Schendyla nemorensis, a very common but tiny centipede in our area, as a result it doesn't get photographed too often. Unfortunately for a positive ID I need to know whether it has a tarsal claw on the last pair of legs, which requires a close-up shot of this area.

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