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Mystery Centipede

Mystery Centipede (Scolopendra sp.?) - Mt. Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia


Large by midwestern standards this centipede is still dwarfed by some of the lowland giants that can be encountered in the bornean jungle but I thought it was pretty in its own sinister way. This one was seen perched on a leaf in the submontane forest on Mt. Kinabalu, I'd imagine its some sort of montane species restricted to humid forests at higher elevations but I'm just guessing as I haven't been able to figure out what species this is. Rarely seen during the day, I'd frequently come across centipedes during the night when they become active and hunt their prey which is just about anything they can catch and overpower. I don't know much at all about centipedes other than that they'e kind of scary so my efforts to ID this individual haven't been successful, its surely in the Scolopendromorpha order and that's where my certainty ends. There are many different genera within the order, if I had to guess I'd say maybe this one belongs to Scolopendra as its the only one I am familiar with and the centipede certainly looks like other members of the genus. However, I know very little of identifying chilopodans.

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Taken on June 20, 2014