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Centipede ID please

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by Kimora, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. Kimora

    Kimora Arachnopeon

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  2. patrick nimbs

    patrick nimbs Arachnosquire Active Member

    It is probably a Cormocephalus Aurantiipes if you live in Australia but if you live elsewhere, I am afraid I cannot help you.
     
  3. Kimora

    Kimora Arachnopeon

    It’s an imported specimens. But from where? The last owner told me from Tasmania but he wasn’t sure -_-
     
  4. Kimora

    Kimora Arachnopeon

    @Scoly any idea? Thank you.
     
  5. Kimora

    Kimora Arachnopeon

  6. It's a Cormocephalus sp., but does not look like C. aurantiipes. As a side note, how did you get an Australian species out of the country?
     
  7. Kimora

    Kimora Arachnopeon

    Thank you for your answer

    I don’t know hihi. Someone sold it to me.
     
  8. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnobaron

    I am pretty sure it is from Tanzania as centipedes are commonly imported from there, and someone misspelled it into Tasmania.
     
  9. Kimora

    Kimora Arachnopeon

    But there is no Cormocephalus sp in Tanzania no? Hm so confused hihi
     
  10. Scoly

    Scoly Arachnobaron Active Member

    I'm really not sure. One of the ways you determine Cormocephalus according to the keys is "Cephalic plate clearly overlapped by first tergite":

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    That seems to be the case for yours though we could do with a clearer photo.

    Cormocephalus are found in Tasmania as was as Tanzania, and many places in between. True, you are far more likely to have animals exported from Tanzania than Tasmania, but given you have stumbled on such a rarity in the first place I don't think usual rules apply. It could have been an accidental stow-away in a suitcase from someone returning from holiday (I once got a beautiful red headed morsistans that way, from Tanzania actually)

    Assuming it is Cormocephalus, it will be tricky there's a lot of species in the genus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormocephalus

    And here's a link to the keys I used above (not my drive) sadly these do not cover Cormocephalus in detail:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18IBC4TZwpbdgv9FcVJx1SsBU_zQqo8ym
     
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