Italian Scolopendra

Scoly

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Hi, I did some pede hunting in the Puglia region of Southern Italy (in fact I didn't know you'd get pedes there, so I was really surprised when I found my first!)

Some observations:
- The largest ones were found under large flat rotting bits of wood (when I was digging up Ts in Yucatan it was the same, every large dead bit of wood had its resident Brachypelam sp, and some a huge Centruroid sp!!)
- It is common to find an adult and a juvenile under the same rock/bit of wood, as well as other critters such as spiders and even geckos.
- They can be found real close to the sea, even on sand.
- They can be found in seemingly very, very dry areas.
- I never found any in pine forests (only Scutigeridae there)
- There were colour variations in the same area.

I didn't collect any, but now really wish I had. In fact if there are any enthusiasts near that area who would be willing to do a field trip, I'd be interested to hear from you!

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Chris LXXIX

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You can find those almost everywhere from southern Tuscany to the southern regions, as you did :-s

Are they S.viridis?
Scolopendra cingulata as far as I know is the only native one of Italy. We have a lot of those, IMO the best starter 'pede, for that, at least, venom potency is mild compared to the Asian ones.
 

shining

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You can find those almost everywhere from southern Tuscany to the southern regions, as you did :-s



Scolopendra cingulata as far as I know is the only native one of Italy. We have a lot of those, IMO the best starter 'pede, for that, at least, venom potency is mild compared to the Asian ones.
Hmmmm...
Now how did I know you would be here?
 

Scoly

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Scolopendra Cingulata. I recognised it instantly as I kept a trio of Andalusian ones years back...
 

Chris LXXIX

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They are pretty easy to found in the whole Mediterranean area... Greece, Spain, Italy. IMO a very underestimated centipede :-s
 
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