Centipede

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Centipede

Cormocephalus sp.


"Nocturnal. Centipedes are the only arthropods to have a pair of modified legs (forcipules) found behind the head, which are used to inject venom to paralyse and capture prey.
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Details Description
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Chilopod - Centipede
Identifying Characteristics

Long segmented body, 5-10 cm in length, each with a pair of legs per segment, the last pair is sometimes red.

Distinctive Markings

One pair of legs per body segment.

Diet

Carnivore. Eats insects, snails, worms, other smaller centipedes and sometimes plants. Centipedes are eaten by reptiles, birds and mammals.

Habitat

Prefers moist conditions such as soil and leaf litter or under stones or bark. Occurs in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Bites/Sting
These centipedes may bite if disturbed or handled. The bite may cause severe pain and associated swelling.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Chilopoda
Order
Scolopendromorpha
Family
Scolopendridae
Genus
Cormocephalus
Species
sp.
Found throughout Australia, including across Victoria.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.