Taxonomy

Scolopendra forficata Linnaeus, 1758, Europe. OTHER COMMON NAMES

German: Braune Steinläufer, Gemeiner Steinkriecher. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length of head and body up to 1.2 in (30 mm); color chestnut brown; antenna with about 40 articles in mature specimens; cluster of ocelli (up to 40) on each side of head shield, with the posterior ocellus much larger than the others; 15 pairs of trunk legs; spiracles opening above legs on trunk segments 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, and 14; short trunk tergites 9, 11, and 13 with triangular projections at posterolateral corners; 5-9 elliptical coxal pores on each of legs 12-15.

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