Aquatic Centipede

Aquatic Centipede is the kind of creature that brings fear to some people out there. Without going into too many details, because we could be sick in the mouth, these Aquatic Centipedes can reach 30 cm and are capable of rats and small lizards size. Judging by the size of the rats and lizards, we assume that this Aquatic Centipede would also be able to eat Big Macs. We will change the name of this Aquatic Centipede for the Big Mac eating centipedes, and they are not so scary.

There are actually both the common centipedes of the house and other fairly dodgy monsters, for instance, the giant scolopendra, roughly a very foot long, just among others. Imagine you are taking a bubble bath employing a glass of wine out there, and you see this very monstrous centipede shows out there from nowhere!

Anytime I go close to the stream, I always try to turn rocks next to streams, and that's where I found this Aquatic Centipede, which was more of a surprise, says an expert. It was pretty horrible, very big, with long legs and a horrible dark greenish color, he says. When the rock it hid is turned, the Aquatic Centipede escaped immediately into the stream instead of into the forest. It ran along the bed under the water and hid under a rock.

With some difficulty, the expert captured the centipede and then placed it in a large container of water. He says that he immediately dived to the very bottom as well as swam hard akin to an eel, just with the very horizontal motions of its own body. While he removed the Aquatic Centipede from the very container, just as the water rolled out of the centipede body, leaving the centipede completely dry.

The expert took his specimen to the great and well-known museum of Singapore and there interviewed another centipede specialist concerning his observations. The specialist was very well skeptical simply because the well known Scolopendra is in dry locations or maybe habitats and it was not known that any centipedes were amphibian. Therefore, the specimen has been kept in the popular museum's compilation for many years.

Are These Aquatic Centipedes Dangerous In Your Home?

Do not worry about your papers, furniture, and other objects. Centipedes are not moths or silverfish. They are not interested in your very own belongings in your home. On the other hand, some centipedes can make your house smell unpleasant because some species can secrete a foul liquid, which is highly unlikely since you would have to have many of these arthropods at home to be able to feel this smell.

On the other hand, since centipedes are scavenger herbivores, they might be interested in wood rot, so we recommend regularly checking if there is too much moisture in attics and basements and if millipedes could feast on anything there.

We hope we did not scare you too much. Centipedes aggressively destroy pests out there, since their diet or perhaps food includes the bugs, also flies, the cockroaches, it includes termites and even the spiders. Occasionally, centipedes even keep your very own home free of even more bad as well as harmful creatures. That is actually the reason it is better that you live in peace with them unless you fear them.

Meanwhile, a colleague in the museum, John Gill, and his student, Remmon Dan, were about to describe a new species of centipede.

Aquatic Centipede Connecting Line

They had actually collected just two specimens very near the waterfalls, and also DNA’s own analysis greatly confirmed that it really was a nice new species. Experts also called the Aquatic Centipede cataracta, from Latin for a waterfall. An expert shared an observation of the amphibious behavior of his specimen with his co-expert and established that his very own honeymoon trip centipede was just an instance of an Aquatic Centipede.

Like all members of the myriapods, the Aquatic Centipedes are characterized mainly by a uniform structure of the body segments. Also, the large poison claw, which was developed from the first pair of tails and is accordingly referred to as Maxilliped, can be found in all centipedes.

In all groups except Scutigeromorpha, the Aquatic Centipede head is flat. The front edge always forms a connecting line between the two antennas; the Aquatic Centipede front plate is folded down. In this way, the mouth reaches the top of the head with the mouthparts, directly in front of the poison claws. The mandibles are very strong in the Scutigeromorpha and able to bite chitin parts. 

The large poison claws have a strong tip, at the mouth of the large venom gland. Aquatic Centipedes can be moved in all directions with the Scutigeromorpha, in all other groups they are stiffened by a hip plate and can only be used in one plane. The antennas represent in Scutigeromorpha flagellum antennas with two basic elements, in all others, they are designed as perlschnurartige loop antennas.

Aquatic Centipedes With Powerful Forceps

Facet eyes are only found in scutigeromorphs. The other groups have punctate ocelli, which have a lens (formed from the cornea) but lack the underlying crystal cone of Scutigeromorpha (and other arthropod groups). Many geophilomorphs are eyeless, and in the other groups are blind species. Also, postantennal sensory organs are found near the antenna base at Lithobiomorpha and Scutigeromorpha, which are probably receptors for carbon dioxide concentration.

The last pair of tynes is worn on all centipedes and is sometimes specially rebuilt. So it forms in the Scutigeromorpha an antenna-like prolonged sensor leg, in some Aquatic Centipede species, it forms a powerful forceps. Behind this pair of tails, there are two more segments of the centipedes without tufts. These bear in the Scutigeromorpha two pairs griffypartige Gonopoden, the females of the Scutigeromorpha and the Lithobiomorpha here have a Gonopodenzange.

The tracheal openings are always posterior behind the tergites in Scutigeromorpha, while they are above the legs in all other groups. Almost all groups have defense glands for defense. In the case of the Aquatic Centipedes, these excrete a secretion containing blue-acid, while in the Lithobiomorpha and Geophilomorpha glue-like substances adhere to the arthropods of the attacking arthropods.

Lastly, like all centipedes, the Aquatic Centipede is poisonous. Even though you did not want to be bitten by one, it probably would not kill you; it would only cause agonizing pain. However, they are useful since they help estimate bugs, also flies, the cockroaches and some other unwanted stuff in your home.

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