Centipede on leaf litter

Title Info
Common name Centipede
Scientific name Chilopoda
Taxonomic group Myriapoda
Level Class
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecological interactions Predation
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Morphology
Organisms Animals
Animals Other invertebrates
Date 1996
Location Newton,Massachusetts,USA,North America

Centipede in leaf litter, USA. Centipedes like this one can be easily found in decaying leaf litter where they prey on the many other kinds of invertebrates found in this energy-rich microhabitat. All centipedes are predatory and have venomous fangs that are actually modified legs, and every body segment has one pair of legs (in millipedes each segment has two pairs of legs). Their name, which means hundred feet, is not accurate, as they have anywhere from 28 to 354 legs, depending on the species. Some tropical species grow to be 11 inches (27 cm) long.