House centipede Scutigera coleoptrata, copyright Bruce Marlin.

Belongs within: Euarthropoda.
Contains: Symphyla, Pauropoda, Diplopoda, 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.

<==Myriapoda [Stigmatopnea]
    |--Progoneata [Dignatha]RS10
    |    |--+--SymphylaAC19
    |    |  `--+--PauropodaAC19
    |    |     `--DiplopodaAC19
    |    `--ArthropleurideaW05
    |         |--MicrodecemplicidaW05
    |         |--ArthropleuraAC19 [ArthropleuridaW05]
    |         |    `--A. armata Jordan 1854RB93
    |         `--Eoarthropleuridae [Eoarthropleurida]W05
    |              |--Eoarthropleura devonica Størmer 1976RB93
    |              `--Tiphoscorpio hueberi Kjellesvig-Waering 1986RB93, S93
    `--Chilopoda [Anamorpha, Gonopodophora, Heteroterga, Syngnatha, Triakontapoda]AC19
         |  i. s.: Eucratonyx hamatusA27
         |         Cupipes impressusA27
         |           |--C. i. impressusA27
         |           `--C. i. armatusA27
         |--Scutigeromorpha [Notostigmophora, Scutigerida]BFM03
         |    |--PselliodesK55 [PselliodidaeM90, Pselliodinae]
         |    |    `--P. nigrovittata (Meinert 1886) (see below for synonymy)K55
         |    |--Latzelia [Gerascutigeridae, Latzeliidae]RB93
         |    |    `--L. primordialis Scudder 1890RB93
         |    `--ScutigeridaeM90
         |         |--AllothereuaGEW01
         |         |--Thereuopoda clunifera (Wood 1862)H04
         |         |--Pilbarascutigera incola (Verhoeff 1925)T13
         |         `--ScutigeraM90
         |              |--S. araneoidesG20
         |              |--S. coleoptrataM90
         |              |--S. complanataA01
         |              |--S. hispidaA01
         |              |--S. illigeri (Koch & Berendt 1854)RB93
         |              |--S. leachii (Koch & Berendt 1854)RB93
         |              `--S. linceci (Wood 1867) [=Cermatia linceci; incl. S. nubila Chamberlin 1922]K54
              |--+--CraterostigmusRS10 [CraterostigmomorphaBFM03]
              |  |    |--C. crabilli Edgecombe & Giribet 2008GFB14
              |  |    `--C. tasmanianusRS10
              |  `--+--DevonobiusRB93 [Devonobiidae, DevonobiomorphaBFM03]
              |     |    `--D. delta Shear & Bonamo 1988RB93
              |     `--EpimorphaM90
              |          |--ScolopendromorphaBFM03
              |          `--GeophilomorphaBFM03
              `--Lithobiomorpha [Lithobiida]BFM03
                   |--Bothropolys [Ethropolidae]M90
                   |--Pseudolithobius [Pseudolithobiidae]M90
                   |--AnopsobiusGFB14 [AnopsobiidaeM90]
                   |    `--A. neozelanicus Silvestri 1909GFB14
                   |    |--ZygethobiusM90
                   |    `--LamyctesM90
                   |         |--L. emarginatusM83
                   |         `--L. fulvicornisM90
                        |--Malbius Chamberlin 1943C62
                             |--C. atoyacus Chamberlin 1942C62
                             |--C. pococki Crabill 1962C62
                             |--C. verus Chamberlin 1942C62
                             `--C. viganus Chamberlin 1944C62
Myriapoda incertae sedis:
  Atractosoma hyalops Latzel 1889L89
    |--A. brevicornis Newport 1848E12
    |--A. marginatus Newport 1848E12
    |--A. punctatus Newport 1848E12
    `--A. puncticeps Newport 1848E12
  Antrokoreana gracilipesWS10
  ‘Gervaisia’ Waga 1858 non Bonaparte 1854OF80
  Cambropodus gracilisRB93
  Kampecaris [Kampecarida]WSB93
    `--K. forfarensis Peach 1882WSB93
  Callipus Risso 1826R26
  Cermatia variegata Risso 1826R26
  Dolystenus saviiB82
  Prionosoma canestrinii [=Megalosoma canestrinii; incl. Craspedosoma marmoratum]B82
    |--L. carinatum [incl. Callipus longipes, C. rissonius]B82
    |--L. foetidissimum [=Iulus foetidissimus, Eurygyrus foetidissimus]B82
    `--L. seriale [=Eurygyrus serialis]B82

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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