Scolopendra is a species-rich genus of often very largecentipedes of the family Scolopendridae.

Scolopendra are very large centipedes, with all species capable of reaching at least 10 cm (3.9 in) in length. In temperate climates, species are typically small to medium sized, though almost always still the largest centipedes in their respective habitats. Species from the tropics may reach 20 cm (7.9 in) to 30 cm (12 in) or more, and are the largest living centipedes One southeast Asian species, S. cataracta, is amphibious, and swims and walks underwater.

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Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Myriapoda
  • Class: Chilopoda
  • Order: Scolopendromorpha
  • Family: Scolopendridae
  • Genus: Scolopendra Linnaeus, 1758

Type species

  • Scolopendra morsitans