Cryptops australis Click to enlarge image
Blind Centipede, Cryptops australis Image: Gonzalo Giribet/
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    australis
    Genus
    Cryptops
    Family
    Cryptopidae
    Super Family
    Scolopendroidea
    Order
    Scolopendromorpha
    Subclass
    Pleurostigmophora
    Class
    Chilopoda
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3 cm

Introduction

This centipede is orange-brown in colour and is usually found in and beneath rotting logs.

Identification

This centipede is orange-brown in colour and is usually found in and beneath rotting logs. Like other scolopendrid centipedes, the Blind Scolopendrid Centipede has 21 pairs of legs. The last pair is equipped with small blade-like spines for catching prey. With no eyes, it finds its way using sensory hairs on its antennae.

Habitat

Blind Scolopendrid Centipedes live in forests (wet sclerophyll and rainforest).

Distribution

Blind Scolopendrid Centipedes are found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. Also in New Zealand and Loyalty Islands (New Caledonia).