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Species Geophilus vittatus - Diamondback Soil Centipede

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Geophilomorpha (Soil Centipedes)
Family Geophilidae
Genus Geophilus
Species vittatus (Diamondback Soil Centipede)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Geophilus rubens
Explanation of Names
Geophilus vittatus (Rafinesque 1820)
dark, diamond-shaped markings down the back
uniform body width
number of pairs of legs in the 50s-60s
Abundant throughout temperate North America.
Underground, although unlike most geophilomorphs it will also venture above the surface beneath the bark of tree stumps, for example.
Other small, soil-dwelling invertebrates.
Life Cycle
The females guard their eggs by coiling around them, like some snakes. They clean them, and secrete poisons from their underside to deter predators. If disturbed they will defend their young ferociously, although they are far too small to harm a person.
Print References
Crabill R.E., Jr. (1952) The centipedes of northeastern North America. (Doctoral dissertation. Microfilm: Film 4713, reel 154, no. 1)