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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-10 23:53
Viewed: 6323
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am very much sorry for my absence. I was very busy with my work and a lot of travel. Hope I will catch up soon.

Centipedes (from Latin prefix centi-, "hundred", and Greek ποδός podos, "foot") are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda and the Subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric animals with one pair of legs per body segment. A key trait uniting this group is a pair of poison claws or forcipules formed from a modified first appendage. This also means that centipedes are an exclusively predatory taxa, which is uncommon.

Centipedes normally have a drab coloration combining shades of brown and red. Cavernicolous and subterranean species may lack pigmentation and many tropical Scolopendromorphs have bright aposematic colors. Size can range from a few millimeters in the smaller Lithobiomorphs and Geophilomorphs to about a foot in the largest Scolopendromorphs.

Worldwide there are estimated to be 8,000 species. Currently there are about 3,000 described species. Geographically, centipedes have a wide range, which reaches beyond the Arctic Circle. Centipedes are found in an array of terrestrial habitats from tropical rainforests to deserts. Within these habitats centipedes require a moist micro-habitat due to their rapid rates of water loss. Accordingly, they are found in soil and leaf litter, under stones and deadwood, and inside logs. In addition, centipedes are among the largest terrestrial invertebrate predators and often they contribute a significant proportion to invertebrate predatory biomass in terrestrial ecosystems.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Myriapoda
Class: Chilopoda

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Hello Haraprasan,

Very good picture of this centipede. Very good composition. Excellent sharpness. Light is well managed. Good natural colours too.

Hi Haraprasan, Welcome back!
Realy we missed you my friend. I hope there is not any problem. Your capture is excellent as usual. TFS my friend!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-11 1:35]

Hola amigo,
efectiva macro,
buen foco y detalles,
excelente pov.

Hello Haraprasan,
superb shot of centipede,nice closeup with good sharpness.
well done.

Hello Haraprasan, wonderful capture of this scolopendra. TFS. Regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-11 3:55]

Hello HP, No problems and we were missing you and your shots. As long as you are busy with work it is acceptable. (just joking). Lovely shot and so clear and superb sharp focus. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-11 4:28]

Hello Hara,
Nice to see yoy back on TN!
Superb sharp capture of a centipede with fine reddish brown colours. Excellent use of flash and fine POV showing the whole length.
Thanks for sharing this fine image.

Namastay Haraprassan,
This looks like a big centipede.
Does it have a poisonous bite ?(We had some giant ones on Rarotonga that did).
Your image is vey clear and well exposed.
Very nice work.
Well done.

Hi Haraprasan

Great large post of this great centipede.
Good sharpness and great composition. They are fast and not easy to get such a shot.


These used to live in my damp basement. I slept with a certain species of them, not this one...well seen although I do tend to see them in my dreams from time to time..Mine are from a very very very fast species...I mean if you cannot move your head quickly you will think you saw a ghost..and when stopped, they can rise up in the front almost as if attacking...VERY scary..Nice work..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-11 9:42]

Hi Haraprasan,

Good to see you posting! A super sharp close-up of this centipede. Excellent details of the legs and body. Wonderful colors. You have him in a wonderful position to show him off well.


Hi Haraprasan,
excellent large post of this Centipedes, great sharpness and colours.
Interesting shot

Hey HP!
Sorry I was away, too..
Awesome shot!very sharp and excellent POV.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-11 22:21]

Hi Haraprasan,
Outstanding large version and it looks so scary. Immaculate sharpness and fine details and you have captured it in a fine posture a a top POV. Great work and good use of flash lighting too. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Haraprasan again, splendid macro capture of this scolopendra with excellent details and composition. TFS. Regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-18 20:02]

Hello Haraprasan

Excellent detail and sharpness.
The focus and dof are spot on.
Lovely natural colours.
Well seem.


Hello Haraprasan !
What an interesting animal you ave captured here, although I must admit I am happy it doesn't live in my country - looks huge and a bit frightening. Details, colors, composition, POV, use of your flash, everything is excellent. Very well done !

Nice shot. Sharply focussed and good top pov to show the all the legs.

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