Animal Species:Red Stone Centipede

Stone centipedes belong to the group of centipedes called Lithobiomorpha and all have 15 pairs of legs and a flattened head and body, allowing them to hunt in narrow spaces.

Red Stone Centipede Specimen

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Red Stone Centipede

Identification

Unique to female stone centipedes is a large claw and two or more spurs located behind and between the last pair of walking legs. They use these spurs to roll their eggs in soil (for camouflage) before abandoning them.

Size range

2.0 cm - 3.2 cm

Distribution

Stone centipedes are found along the east coast of Australia, including the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. The Australian Museum has recently discovered six new species of Paralamyctes in eastern Australia. All of the species in this genus are Gondwanan, meaning they are also found in New Zealand, India, South Africa and southern South America.

Habitat

Stone centipedes live in forests and woodlands.

Classification

Species:
grayi
Genus:
Paralamyctes
Family:
Henicopidae
Order:
Lithobiomorpha
Subclass:
Pleurostigmophora
Class:
Chilopoda
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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5 comments

Louise Carter - 10.08 AM, 25 August 2010

Hi Jax , all centipedes have poison glands and use poison to subdue their prey, however the Red Stone Centipede here is not considered dangerous to humans. Looks impressive though doesn't it!

jaxlaxer - 9.07 PM, 30 July 2010
Is this one poisoness?
Louise Carter - 9.08 AM, 04 August 2009
Hi Kell,it appears that your centipede is scolopendrid in the family Scolopendridae. To get an accurate id we would need to have the specimen. However, you can get some more information on these guys from the fact sheets in the centipede section.
kell - 6.07 PM, 27 July 2009
Another Picture of the tail end.

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kell - 6.07 PM, 27 July 2009
I recently took these Pictures at Girraween NP. This cute little fella was 175MM long. Is it possible to ID it from my Pictures ?

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