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Centipede Head

We are told there are over 2,750 species of centipedes that have currently been identified with body lengths ranging from 3 to 26.5 centimeters. This specimen, about 10 centimeters long, was photographed under darkfield illumination with a Nikon Optiphot microscope at 2x magnification.

Centipedes have segmented bodies with one pair of legs per segment. The head lacks legs but is still a segment with the poison claws acting as truncated and modified legs. In the photomicrograph above, these claws appear as two dark red daggers just above the legs.

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