Scolopendra sp. "Haiti giant"

bengerno

Arachnobaron
Old Timer
Joined
Apr 13, 2005
Messages
459
Hi all,

I just bought 3 of them. They are soo cool, and not too angry. I like them very much! ;)
Any guess what species? /I think subspinipes, but I am just a fool. :D /

Low light, full body:


With flash:


First meal:


Head:


Terminal legs:


Spiracles:
 

cacoseraph

ArachnoGod
Old Timer
Joined
Jan 5, 2005
Messages
8,328
typically what is sold as Haiti giant is S. alternans


there is a dif in their terminal legs from subspinipes. i want to say alternans has a lot of little spines and subspinipes doesn't. possibly on the ventral side.
 

Steven

pede-a-holic
Old Timer
Joined
Feb 18, 2003
Messages
4,022
congratz with the new toys :D
like caco said, prob. sc.alternans, but to be sure check the ventral side of the prefemurs of the terminals for more then 3 spines.

These can get huge btw ;) (mine outgrow some subsp.dehaani's) !
 

bistrobob85

Arachnoprince
Old Timer
Joined
May 21, 2005
Messages
1,282
Oh wow, i love sc.alternans!!!! Great looking beast, Imre :). Seems like you've gathered quite an impressing collection, keep up the good work!!!!

phil.
 

Hedorah99

Arachnoprince
Old Timer
Joined
May 2, 2005
Messages
1,870
Awesome pede. Thanx for putting yet another animal on the want list. :D
 

maxident213

Arachnolord
Old Timer
Joined
Nov 5, 2005
Messages
650
I love my S. alternans, it's huge and seems a lot less spastic than my S. subspinipes. It will stay completely buried for a month or two and then surface and lay around up top for a week (this means feeding time) or so before disappearing again. It seems a lot more ground-oriented than the subspinipes as well - rarely will it ever explore the walls or the top of the cage. Bulldozes the substrate a lot too, digging out under the water dish, digging down in the corners. 90% of the time though it's three inches down underneath a piece of cork bark.

Enjoy your new pedes, they are spectacular. :)
 

bengerno

Arachnobaron
Old Timer
Joined
Apr 13, 2005
Messages
459
These can get huge btw ;) (mine outgrow some subsp.dehaani's) !
Hi guys,

Thanks everything. :worship: I will check them, and share the info, also try to make some better pics. :rolleyes:

These can get huge btw ;) (mine outgrow some subsp.dehaani's) !
I saw some veery big ones, 3cm wide body and more than 20cm long, really massive babes. :p I chose some smaller, because I want to get used to their huge size. ;)
 

bengerno

Arachnobaron
Old Timer
Joined
Apr 13, 2005
Messages
459
Hi,

New pics:







I cannot check the venral side, or I just seek at the wrong place. ;)
Is this what I should check?
 
Last edited:

Steven

pede-a-holic
Old Timer
Joined
Feb 18, 2003
Messages
4,022
It's a Scolopendra alternans,... quite sure about it. ;)
and a very pretty one !!! :drool:
 

xenesthis

Arachnobaron
Old Timer
Joined
Aug 7, 2002
Messages
542
FL Keys centipede

Steven and all:

If the "Haitian Giant" is Scolopendra alternans, what is the "Florida Keys Centipede" then? That has been called S. alternans for over a decade. It lacks the black banding of the Haitian giants and tends to more overall a pale yellow or orange in coloration.

Thanks.

Todd
 

Steven

pede-a-holic
Old Timer
Joined
Feb 18, 2003
Messages
4,022
Hey Tod,
as it's maybe hard to believe,... it's the same spec. as far as i know of.
Coloration and size really don't mean much in Scolopendrid taxonomy.


When you have a New-World Scolopendra in front of ya and it lacks a ringfurrow on the 1st tergite it narrows down your choice to 3:
Sc.morsitans, Sc.subspinipes or Sc.alternans ;)
 

Spider-Man v2.0

Arachnobaron
Old Timer
Joined
May 28, 2006
Messages
375
my hatian has a much more lime green antina and legs.. other then that thay seem prity similer
 
Top