Reproductive Biology

As in all Scolopendromorpha, gonopods are lacking but sexes are distinguished externally by conical penis in male. Males have flattened dorsal side of some segments on last legs. Females tend to be larger. Males deposit a bean-shaped spermatophore 0.01 in (2.5 mm) long through the penis onto a web. The mother's brood chamber is hollowed out in the soil under a stone, with 28-86 elliptical, greenish yellow eggs being laid. In parts of range (Nigeria), reaches maturity within a year, with two generations per year.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

House centipede

Scutigera coleoptrata

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