Allothereua Maculata

Allothereua Maculata

Just snagged this beauty today.
Honestly looks more like the native Allothereua maculata to me. Scutigera coleoptrata is only very rarely seen in Australia, and lacks the pronounced pink bands on the segments.
@Staehilomyces i see! I did consider maculata but but from photographs it seemed Maculata is also more light grey in colour compared to the darker black. But i trust your opinion on pede matters far more than my own. Been chasing these down for years but only ever find dead ones
@MrGhostMantis they have great difficulty even biting people and lose their energy after a few minutes of running. It took me a few minutes to get in tune with its movement but after that they're very easy too manage
We have those in Europe?? Does anyone know how far up north you can find them? Wikipedia says they are mediterranean but have spread.
Wow that one is so huge and gorgeous! It's so much darker than the ones we have in the US (which I think are the Mediterranean stowaways).
@MrGhostMantis ;)
To be honest, the first time I saw one these guys at night as it ran across the beam of my flashlight freaked me out! But then I started researching them and they are just adorable!!! It's pretty cool how they bathe themselves meticulously one leg at a time; and they are pretty darn cute when they get scared by a little cricket, run away, and try to hide by sticking their head down and thinking you can't see them lol. :cat:
I used to be terrified of them, but then I researched them and found out how extremely beneficial they are to us and our homes. Now, I just leave them to do their thing and I don't even bother removing them.
That tyke you have there is huge. I've seen a couple of ours that large. One of them jumped from the wall and was big enough to make a small 'thump' sound as it hit the ground. They get pretty large in these parts.

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