House centipede Scutigera coleoptrata, copyright Bruce Marlin.

Belongs within: Euarthropoda.
Contains: Diplopoda, Symphyla, Pauropoda, Scolopendromorpha, Geophilomorpha, Lithobiidae.

The Myriapoda are a clade of terrestrial arthropods with often elongate bodies composed of numerous, mostly undifferentiated segments. Respiration is by means of tracheae, and Malpighian tubules are present (Grimaldi & Engel 2005). They include the centipedes (Chilopoda), members of which have the first trunk segment modified into forcipules, with the appendages forming a pincer-like structure with poison glands opening near the tips (Mundel 1990). The remaining myriapods are united in a clade Progoneata supported the presence of gonopores near the front of the body, behind the second body segment.

    |  i. s.: Thyropygus NS03
    |         Atractosoma hyalops Latzel 1889 L89
    |         Arthronomalus E12
    |           |--A. brevicornis Newport 1849 E12
    |           |--A. marginatus Newport 1849 E12
    |           |--A. punctatus Newport 1849 E12
    |           `--A. puncticeps Newport 1849 E12
    |         Antrokoreana gracilipes WS10
    |--Progoneata [Dignatha] RS10
    |    |--Diplopoda AC17
    |    `--+--Arthropleuridea W05
    |       |    |--Arthropleura AC17 [Arthropleurida W05]
    |       |    |--Microdecemplicida W05
    |       |    `--Eoarthropleurida W05
    |       `--+--Symphyla AC17
    |          `--Pauropoda AC17
    `--Chilopoda [Anamorpha, Syngnatha] RS10
         |  i. s.: Eucratonyx hamatus A27
         |         Cupipes impressus A27
         |           |--C. i. impressus A27
         |           `--C. i. armatus A27
         |         Alipes grandidieri SK14
         |--Scutigeromorpha [Notostigmophora] BFM03
         |    |--Pselliodes K55 [Pselliodidae M90, Pselliodinae]
         |    |    `--P. nigrovittata (Meinert 1886) (see below for synonymy) K55
         |    `--Scutigeridae M90
         |         |--Allothereua GEW01
         |         |--Thereuopoda clunifera (Wood 1862) H04
         |         |--Scutigera M90
         |         |    |--S. coleoptrata M90
         |         |    |--S. complanata A01
         |         |    |--S. hispida A01
         |         |    `--S. linceci (Wood 1867) [=Cermatia linceci; incl. S. nubila Chamberlin 1922] K54
         |         `--Pilbarascutigera incola (Verhoeff 1925) T13
         `--Pleurostigmophora RS10
              |--+--Craterostigmus RS10 [Craterostigmomorpha BFM03]
              |  |    |--C. crabilli Edgecombe & Giribet 2008 GFB14
              |  |    `--C. tasmanianus RS10
              |  `--+--Devonobiomorpha BFM03
              |     `--Epimorpha M90
              |          |--Scolopendromorpha BFM03
              |          `--Geophilomorpha BFM03
              `--Lithobiomorpha BFM03
                   |--Lithobiidae BFM03
                   |--Anopsobius GFB14 [Anopsobiidae M90]
                   |    `--A. neozelanicus Silvestri 1909 GFB14
                   |--Gosibiidae M90
                   |--Bothropolys [Ethropolidae] M90
                   |--Pseudolithobius [Pseudolithobiidae] M90
                   |--Henicopidae M90
                   |    |--Zygethobius M90
                   |    `--Lamyctes M90
                   |         |--L. emarginatus M83
                   |         `--L. fulvicornis M90
                   `--Watobiidae M90
                        |--Malbius Chamberlin 1943 C62
                        |--Tropobius C62
                        `--Cruzobius C62
                             |--C. atoyacus Chamberlin 1942 C62
                             |--C. pococki Crabill 1962 C62
                             |--C. verus Chamberlin 1942 C62
                             `--C. viganus Chamberlin 1944 C62

Pselliodes nigrovittata (Meinert 1886) [=Scutigera nigrovittata; incl. P. colombiana Chamberlin 1921, Brasilophora trimarmorata Bücherl 1950] K55

*Type species of generic name indicated


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