Do you know what arthropods are?

Do you know what arthropods are?

Now you do! (a specimen of it, at least)

Take a look at this bad boy! Caught this one on camera back in America. It was looking for a juicy insect to eat at the time and I couldn’t help but take a photo of it. Speaking of eating, these are considered a delicacy in some countries…I think.

Now that you’re dieing to know more about these crawly creatures, why not take a quick read at the definition below, taken from your favorite encyclopedia, Wikipedia!

“Centipedes (from Latin prefix centi-, “hundred”, and pes, pedis, “foot”) are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric animals with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Centipedes have an odd number of pairs of legs, e.g. 15 or 17 pairs of legs (30 or 34 legs) but never 16 pairs (32 legs).[1][2] A key trait uniting this group is a pair of venom claws or “forcipules” formed from a modified first appendage. Centipedes are a predominantly carnivorous taxon.[3]:168

Centipedes normally have a drab coloration combining shades of brown and red. Cavernicolous (cave-dwelling) and subterranean species may lack pigmentation and many tropical scolopendromorphs have bright aposematic colours. Size can range from a few millimetres in the smaller lithobiomorphs and geophilomorphs to about 30 cm (12 in) in the largest scolopendromorphs. Centipedes can be found in a wide variety of environments.

Worldwide there are estimated to be 8,000 species of centipede,[4] of which 3,000 have been described. Centipedes have a wide geographical range, reaching beyond the Arctic Circle.[3] Centipedes are found in an array of terrestrial habitats from tropical rainforests to deserts. Within these habitats centipedes require a moist micro-habitat because they lack the waxy cuticle of insects and arachnids, and so lose water rapidly through the skin.[5] Accordingly, they are found in soil and leaf litter, under stones and dead wood, and inside logs. Centipedes are among the largest terrestrial invertebrate predators and often contribute significantly to the invertebrate predatory biomass in terrestrial ecosystems.”

Thanks Wikipedia! =)

Leave your comments below and tell me if you already knew what an arthropod was!


4 responses to “Do you know what arthropods are?

    • I hate to say it, but I’ve seen worse. In fact, there are some pretty dangerous ones that you should watch out for. I’ll make a new blog post in response to this comment (Eventually…) and show you what I mean.

  1. Oh My GOD!! not just because many-legged thing totally freak me out, but because these totally live in my house back in America and I have no clue what they were, except that they are totally freaky and they don’t bite. Actually I prefer cockroaches!!

    The worst part is they seem kinda smart and it makes me feel bad for killing them, like if I stomp about they will run under a bed or something and come out later when there is less noise. Dare I say cute?

    My solution was to capture them with overturned cups because I felt bad killing them, but it was terrible because they would always get a leg-or antenna or whatever outside the cup and it would wriggle, and it looked painful! But then I would just leave the room while my dad unceremoniously squashed them and flushed them in the toilet. At least it was not me!

    The worst is that I used to name them! And sometimes they were under those cups for like days and they were too dead to move much when my dad finally came to take them away.
    And yes I make him throw the lobsters in the pot of boiling water too.

  2. I didn’t know the word. I don’t like the centipedes.

    I dig the way you use questions in your blog post that invite people to leave comments. That is a good technique.

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