Scutigerella immaculata

Scutigerella immaculata
Scutigerella immaculata male.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Symphyla
Family:Scutigerellidae
Genus:
Species:
S. immaculata
Binomial name
Scutigerella immaculata
(Newport, 1845)
Synonyms[1]

Scolopendrella immaculata Newport, 1845

Scutigerella immaculata, commonly known as the garden symphylan or glasshouse symphylid, is a species of myriapod in the family Scutigerellidae. It may have originated in Europe but now has a cosmopolitan distribution and can be a pest of crops.

Description

Superficially the garden symphylan resembles a centipede. It is white and up to 6 mm (0.2 in) long. It has a head with three pairs of mouthparts, a pair of long antennae and no eyes. The body is segmented, the front twelve segments each bearing a pair of short legs, while the two remaining segments are limbless. The body is covered by up to 22 dorsal, slightly sclerotinised tergites. The legs work in unison, the two sides alternating.[2][3]