Friday’s Featured Organism: Scutigera coleoptrata

Scutigera coleoptrata

What else can I say, other than “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”?

I’ve always found silly how many people find spiders particularly disgusting because “they have so many legs!”. If 8 is too much, what about the centpedes? Look at this fucker, for example. Sure, there are Chilopoda with more legs (and their cousins, the Diplopoda, have of course even more), but Scutigera coleoptrata sure wants to make use of its set to win the award for “Most freakishly disturbing lovecraftian arthropod on the planet”. Look at those fucking legs! They’re everywhere! And they’re so long, and there’s a lot of other appendages between them too (wow, that sounded dirty)! This animal is a very common house “pest” (although, since it preys on insects, one would think that’s also an help against other pests); as most Chilopoda, it has a poisonous “bite” (although, since Chilopoda inoculate venom through modified legs, it’s technically not a real bite), but i’s not dangerous for humans, and it’s also not nearly as aggressive as other centipedes, like the genus Scolopendra. A fast and nocturnal predator, S. coleoptera certainly is a fascinating animal. But boy, is it disturbing.


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