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Centipedes (Stone 4) Lithobius spp

Kingdom:Animalia 
Phylum:Arthropoda 
Subphylum:Myriapoda 
Class:Chilopoda 
Order:Lithobiomorpha 
Family: Lithobiidae 
Genus:Lithobius
Species: Lithobius
Common names: Stone centipedes, Brown centipedes.

Most Lithobius species are typical representatives of the family Lithobiidae. Though they are usually brown occasionally one finds beautiful violet individuals ,
They are about 2 to 5 cm long. The adult's body has 15 segments, and accordingly 15 pairs of legs. Like other centipedes, they are more active at night. They feed on insects and other small invertebrates. The eggs are deposited in soil. The life-span can be over 3 years.