The Myriapoda (Millipedes, Centipedes) Featuring the North American Fauna     
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Scolopendra polymorpha Wood, 1861. North America, USA, Oklahoma, Comanche Co., Ft. Sill. Photo courtesy of L.J. Vitt.

Scolopendra polymorpha Wood, 1861. North America, USA, Arizona, Graham County, Coronado National Forest. Photo courtesy of W. P. Leonard.

Scolopendra morsitans L., 1758. Iran. Photo courtesy of Mozhgan Adnafi.

Cormocephalus sp. St. Barthelemy, Lesser Antilles. Photo courtesy of K. Questel.

Scolopendra heros (Girard, 1853). Caudal end of yellow color variant in west Texas, USA. Photo courtesy of D.T. Anderson

Scolopendra sp., beautifully colored. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Mayreau Island. Photo courtesy of M. De Silva.

Hemiscolopendra marginata (Say, 1821); note particularly orange forcipules and caudal legs, and transition from sparsely to densely hirsute antennomeres. North America, USA, mountains of north Georgia. Photo by D. Liebman

Hemiscolopendra marginata (Say, 1821); note particularly orange forcipules and caudal legs, and transition from sparsely to densely hirsute antennomeres. North America, USA, mountains of north Georgia. Photo by D. Liebman

Scolopendra subspinipes Leach, 1815. Sao Tome & Principe, Sao Tome. Photo by D. Lin.

Scolopendra heros Girard, 1853; ultimate & penultimate articles of 2nd maxillary palp showing lamellae. North America, Mexico, Colima, Ixtlahuacan. Photo courtesy of F. Cupul-Magaa.

Dead Scolopendra polymorpha Wood, 1861 being scavanged by ants, Pheidole sp. North America, USA, Texas, Midland Co. Photo courtesy of the Sibley Nature Center, Midland, Texas.

Scolopendra viridis or polymorpha being eaten by a Western Shovel-nosed snake, Chionactis occipitalis. North America, USA, Arizona, Maricopa Co. Photo courtesy of C. Morris.

Scolopendropsis bahiensis (Brandt). South America, Brazil, Bahia. Photo courtesy of V. Vahtera.

Scolopendra heros Girard, 1853. North America, USA, Oklahoma, Comanche Co., Ft. Sill. Photo by L.J. Vitt.

Molting individual with shed exuvium. Photo by O. McMonigle.

Scolopendra ?alternans Leach, 1815. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Vincent. Photo by M. de Silva.

?Cormocephalus sp. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Vincent. Photo by M de Silva.

Scolopendra heros (Girard, 1853). Anterior end of yellow color variant in west Texas, USA. Photo courtesy of D.T. Anderson

Scolopendra sp., violet colored. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Mustique Island. Photo courtesy of M. De Silva.

Scolopendra cingulata Latreille, 1789. Europe, Italy, Murge. Photo courtesy of L. Bonato.

Scolopendra hardwickei Newport, 1844. Asia, India, Orissa State. Photo Courtesy of C. Kronmller.

Hemiscolopendra marginata that has hollowed out a space for itself under a rock. North America, USA, North Carolina, Wilkes Co. Photo by J. C. Beane

Scolopendra ?cingulata Latreille, 1789 partly molted. Europe, Greece, Corfu I.  Photo by M. Dame.

S. viridis/ polymorpha being eaten by Western Shovel-nosed snake, Chionactis occipitalis. Note centipede trying to bite snake. Photo courtesy of C. Morris.

 

Hemiscolopendra marginata (Say, 1821), ventral view of head & anterior end. North America, USA, North Carolina, Wake Co., Raleigh.

 

Hemiscolopendra marginata (Say, 1821); one caudal leg is lost. North America, USA, North Carolina, Wake County, Raleigh. Photo by A. L. Braswell.

 

Scolopendra ?subspinipes Leach, 1815. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Vincent. Photo courtesy of M. de Silva.

 

Scolopendra heros (Girard, 1853). Anterior end of yellow color variant in west Texas, USA. Photo courtesy of D.T. Anderson

 

Cormocephalus sp. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Vincent. Photo courtesy of M. de Silva.

 

Scolopendra heros Girard, 1853. North America, USA, Texas, Austin. Very large individual, ca. 9-10", feeding on sphinx moth. Photo courtesy of D. T. Anderson.

Scolopendra sp., jet black head & body with banded legs. Central America, Mexico, Jalisco, La Estancia near Puerto Vallarta. Photo courtesy of J. R. Velasco.

Scolopendra viridis Say, 1821. North America, USA, North Carolina, Moore Co.; color pattern unique to Sandhills Region of the Carolinas. Photo courtesy of A. Yirka.

Hemiscolopendra marginata (Say, 1821), anterior end. North America, USA, Virginia, Charles City Co., north side of James River. Photo courtesy of A. Evans.

Scolopendra subspinipes Leach, 1815. Size comparison of two individuals from the Dominican Republic. Photo courtesy of J. Huff.

Scolopendra sp., a most unusually colored form, black body with orange legs, antennae, and forcipules. North America, Mexico, northern Veracruz/Hidalgo. Photo courtesy of M. D. Mercado.

Scolopendra viridicornis Newport. South America, Brazil, Bahia. Photo courtesy of V. Vahtera.

 

Scolopendra viridis Say, 1821. North America, USA, North Carolina, Scotland Co.; color pattern unique to Sandhills Region of the Carolinas. Photo courtesy of A. L. Braswell.

Hemiscolopendra marginata (Say, 1821); one caudal leg is lost. North America, USA, North Carolina, Wake County, Raleigh. Photo by A. L. Braswell.

Hemiscolopendra marginata (Say, 1821) feeding on insect larva. North America, USA, South Carolina, Charleston Co. Photo courtesy of M. Shepard.

Scolopendra heros (Girard, 1853). Yellow color variant in west Texas, USA. Photo courtesy of D.T. Anderson

Scolopendra mirabilis (Porat, 1876). Africa, Tanzania. Photo courtesy of O. McMonigle

Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans L. Koch, 1878. Asia, Japan. Photo courtesy of T. Tanabe.

Scolopendra oraniensis Lucas, 1846. Europe, Italy, Murge. Photo courtesy of L. Bonato.

Cormocephalus westwoodi(Newport, 1844). Australia, Tasmania. Reproduced from Tasmanian multipedes site  (http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/zoology/multipedes/mulintro.html) with permission of R. Mesibov.

Scolopendra heros Girard, 1853. North America, USA, Arkansas, Pope Co. Photo courtesy of T.L. McCormick.

Scolopendra subspinipes Leach, 1815. Indian Ocean, India, Andaman Islands, Andaman I. Photo courtesy of P. Wittman.

Scolopendra mirabilis (Porat, 1876) partly molted. Africa, Tanzania. Photo by M. Dame.

Scolopendra laeta Haase, 1887. Australia, Western Australia, East of Perth. Photo courtesy of G. Giribet.

 

 

 
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