Sunday, 27 January 2013

Haplophilus Subterraneus - Centipede

I found several of these long 'ground loving' centipedes when digging out part of the plot where potatoes had grown. It was nearly 7cm long - the width of my palm. It is also known as a Stigmatogaster subterranea
In this second photo you can see that it narrows as the head end. You can also see it's stomach contents. They live in the ground and can be as far as 35cm down!
We've found them before near potatoes but it's not clear how much damage they have done, although generally carnivorous they are known to nibble plant roots.

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