There is no such species as S. gigantea robusta. Carl Sandefer did nothing more than hypothesize in his book that the description for S. gigantea closely resembled the description for S. robusta, and that one should be a subspecies of the other. It is a valid trinomial scientific name that seems to have caught on in the hobby like wildfire, but conversations with scientists have left me with the distinct impression that they are not terribly pleased that the mis-labelling has been suggested, and now must be dealt with.Originally posted by gongyles
Hey, so you'll all think it's a Peruvian Giant , is that a description of the Gigantea Robusta?
Yes she is! This centipede has great color to it. It blows the other drab dark centiedes posted on this board away! Every now and then someone posts a color morph of a centipede that is strikingly colored. From what I understand, colors are unstable in many centipedes, and the variation is poorly understood. Looks like your friend picked a great specimen of a colorful species.Originally posted by gongyles
Beauty isn't she?
Well, since there's three known flavors of heros, there's no such thing as "typical" in this case, only "more common". No one member of the heros group is terribly common, but the morph you are referring to as typical is S. h. "castaneiceps" (I think the scientific community has finally decided that they are morphs and not ssp?), and the one you were saying you like is S. h. "arizonensis", normal morph, although they come in a banded morph as well.Originally posted by Professor T
The other color that I think is striking is the pedes that have the reverse color pattern of a typical Scolopendra heros , with a black head and red body . Those are also pretty specimens.
Originally posted by LaRiz
I've also read that Scolopendra robusta is a Mexican/Central American species. True?
I remember Rowland Shelley talking about this on the Yahoo forum. From what I remember, someone described a centipede from northern Mexico and named it either S. robusta or S. gigantea (I can't remember which). When the type specimen was later examined it turned out to be Scolopendra heros. I don't know if anyone's published a correction.