Centipedes (from the New Latin prefix centi-, "hundred", and the Latin word pes, pedis, "foot") are predatory arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda, an arthropod group which also includes millipedes and other multi-legged creatures. Centipedes are elongated metameric creatures with one pair of legs per body segment. Most centipedes are generally venomous and could inflict a painful bite, injecting their venom through pincer-like appendage known as forcipules. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs, ranging from 30 to 354. Centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs. Therefore, no centipede has exactly 100 legs. Similar to spiders and scorpions, centipedes are predominantly carnivorous.
From Wikipedia article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craterostigmomorpha, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.
|Taxonomy (GBIF)||Life : Animalia : Arthropoda : Chilopoda : Craterostigmomorpha|
|Taxonomic Status (GBIF)||accepted|
|Name||Status||Common Name(s)||Fossil Occurrences||Oldest||Youngest|
|accepted||No associated record in PBDB|
|Edgecombe, Gregory D., and Gonzalo Giribet, 2008: A New Zealand species of the trans-Tasman centipede order Craterostigmomorpha (Arthropoda: Chilopoda) corroborated by molecular evidence. Invertebrate Systematics, vol. 22, no. 1. 1-15. - via Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)|