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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Chilopoda

A centipede is an arthropod with many legs. Centipedes are predators. They hunt during the night; they are nocturnal. Some centipedes are venomous, though none can kill a human that is not allergic. Centipedes are in the class Chilopoda, and related to millipedes, which are not poisonous. As the millipedes, they are segmented. They have between 5 and 173 segments, but only one pair of legs per segment. There may be 8,000 species in the world.[1]

The house centipede is a carnivore that feeds on cockroaches, house flies and other domestic pests. It is therefore beneficial. But because it has a scary appearance it is often exterminated.

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  1. Adis, Joachim & Harvey, Mark S. 2000. How many Arachnida and Myriapoda are there worldwide and in Amazonia?. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 35 (2): 139–141.