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Scolopendra gigantea Black/Dark morph?

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by miss moxie, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince Active Member

  2. Ran

    Ran Arachnoknight

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    Those look to be adult species of Galapagoensis (South America) colors can vary slightly with all pede species. The real Galapagoensis from the Galapago islands are more reddish in color (Google images). Gigantea species recognized are yellow legged, robusta and dark robusta...From my experience the yellow legged morph are different...grow rapidly and take longer to get thicker...but get more massive.
     
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  3. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoprince Active Member

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    The whole South American centipede taxonomy is confusing. That picture looks like Scolopendra galapagoensis. However some people think the darker forms are true gigantea which just confuses me.
     
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  4. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnobaron Active Member

    Scientists and hobbyists haven't been able to accurately classify S. gigantea, S. galapagoensis, and S. viridicornis. Each one is difficult to tell apart from the next and they have patchy and extremely localized distributions. The "gigantea" from Trinidad and the "gigantea" from Venezuela resemble the dark-phase S. galapagoensis from both the islands themselves and the Peruvian "galapagoensis" that may or may not be that species. However, due to the distance and natural barriers between the two morphs you have pictures of, they are most likely similar morphs of different species. Quite frankly, South American 'pede identification and taxonomy is something that confuses me greatly as well as everybody else who's looked into it.

    Anyway, the Trinidad black and the Venezuela black are very expensive and even harder to find for sale. Similar morphs such as the Peruvian "galapagoensis" are more readily available (such as Mastigoproctus' Helga and @Ratmosphere's new addition), and Galapagos galapagoensis (my particular favorite) are possibly available but most likely not.
     
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  5. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnobaron Active Member

    As for cost, I'd say $300+ (more on the + side), at least for Peruvians. Most other dark SA Giants probably will cost your firstborn's arm and leg.
     
  6. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince Active Member

    My first born's arm and leg, hm? Well I can always name them duplex...

    Thanks everyone for the answers. Dark colored inverts usually catch my attention, and I've been getting interested in acquiring a centipede so I've been looking around. I don't really want a small one either-- not because bigger is necessarily better but the bigger ones seem less freaky to me for some reason? No idea why. Usually it's the other way around but being typical is boring I guess. :hilarious:
     
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  7. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoprince Active Member

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    If you ever save up to get one, hit me up. :p
     
  8. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince Active Member

    It'll be a while. I've got no designs to procreate anytime soon, so the first born's arm and leg thing will be tough to accomplish.
     
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  9. LeFanDesBugs

    LeFanDesBugs Arachnobaron Active Member

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    A true trinidad gigantea was recently SOLD (not put for sale) for $2500
     
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  10. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince Active Member

    Whoa! Where is the 'that's wild' rating when you need it?
     
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