© Stuart M Bennett 2000
Necrophloeophagus longicornis

Boy..! do these guys have some names...I bet there's a little man sat somewhere just making them up....anyway..

This chap pictured above is the most common of the garden geophilids. This is a bright yellow centipede with a distinctly darker head. It may reach a length of 45 mm, but it is more usual to be about 30 mm long and 1 mm broad. There are 49 to 57 pairs of legs. The head is noticeably longer than it is broad, and the black poison claws (very easily seen with a lens) project slightly in front of it. This species is very widely distributed and occurs in all kinds of habitats as well as in gardens.

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