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Description of Centipede

Centipedes and millipedes are somewhat similar organisms. Together, they make up approximately twelve thousand species of long, flattened, segmented animals, grouped among the Myriapods. A major difference between centipedes and millipedes is diet. Centipedes are carnivores, living on other animals, and millipedes are herbivores, living on dead plant matter. Millipedes have cylindrical bodies, while centipedes are wormlike. Whena centipede or millipede runs, it picks up each leg, one after the other. However, it only moves the legs on one body side at a time. The result is that legs move in rhythmic waves along the body. Millipedes are much slower than centipedes.

Physical Characteristics of Centipedes

Centipedes belong to the class Chilopoda of the phylum Arthropoda, which includes insects, myriapods, crustaceans, and spiders. Centipedes resemble worms. Their heads contain paired, jointed, sensory antennae; brains, connected to ganglia; compound eyes, simple eyes, or no eyes at all. Centipedes also have two pairs of jaws. The first pair are toothed mandibles and the second pair, the underjaws, have palps. A centipede body is divided into between twelve and one hundred segments, each having two legs, so the name "centipede", which means "hundred-footed", is appropriate. The first pair of legs, in the segment behind the head, holds poison claws that are used to fight or kill prey. These claws are full of a venom made in the head. Each of the paired legs in all segments but the last one are shorter, of similar length, and clawed. Those in the last segment are longer than the others.Athin, tail-like cercus projects from a centipede's rear. Centipedes breathe through air tubes (tracheas) on the sides of their bodies.

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