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Species Lithobius forficatus - Brown Centipede

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Lithobiomorpha (Stone Centipedes)
Family Lithobiidae
Genus Lithobius
Species forficatus (Brown Centipede)
Explanation of Names
Lithobius forficatus (Linnaeus 1758)
15-30 mm
triangular projections on segments 9, 11, 13
more than 25 antennal segments (often up to 40 or more)
5 "teeth" on each side of the prosternum
5-9 elliptical coxal pores, in single rows, on each of the last 4 pairs of legs
Holarctic. Introduced from Europe, extremely ubiquitous throughout its range.
In soil and beneath debris. Often in human-modified areas.
Small invertebrates, including earthworms, small millipedes, insect larvae, etc.
Introduced from Europe
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