Catalogue of Chilean centipedes (Myriapoda, Chilopoda)


  • Emmanuel Vega-Román Universidad del Bío Bío, Facultad de Educación, Av. Casilla 5-C, Collao 1202, Concepción, Región del Bío Bío, Chile; Universidad de Concepción, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Departamento de Zoología, Barrio Universitario, Sin dirección, Casilla 160-C, Concepción, Bío Bío, Chile
  • Víctor Hugo Ruiz Universidad de Concepción, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Departamento de Zoología, Barrio Universitario, Sin dirección. Casilla 160-C, Concepción, Bío Bío, Chile


Arthropoda, Chilopoda, Chile, taxonomy, biogeography


A review of all literature, published between 1847 and 2016, provides a comprehensive inventory of research on Chilean Chilopoda. A total of 4 orders, 10 families, 28 genera and 70 species were recorded, highlighting the diversity of Chilopoda species in Chile. The geographical distribution and habitat preferences of all species are given with reference to the literature.



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Attems, C. (1903b): Beiträge zur Myriopodenkunde. – Zoologische Jahrbücher (Systematik) 8(1): 63–154.

Attems, C. (1929): Myriapoda. 1. Geophilomorpha. Das Tierreich 52: 1–388.

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Attems, C. (1947): Neue Geophilomorpha des Wiener Museums. – Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien 55: 50–149.

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Brölemann, H. W. (1909) : Quelques geophilides des collections du Museum d’Histoire naturelle. – Bulletin du Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, París. 7 : 415–431.

Bücherl, W. (1974): Die Scolopendromorpha der Neotropischen region. – Symposia of the Zoological Society of London 32: 99–133.

Chamberlin, R. (1955): Reports of the Lund University Chile Expedition 1948–1949. 18. The Chilopoda of the Lund University and California Academy of Science Expeditions. – Acta Universitatis Lundensis N. S. 215(4): 1–61.

Chamberlin, R. (1956): A new geophiloid chilopod from Chile. – Entomological News 67: 11–12.

Chamberlin, R. (1962): Chilopods secured by the Royal Society Expedition to southern Chile in 1958-59. – University of Utah Biological Series 12(4): 1–5.

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Crabill, R. E. (1968): Revised allocation of a Meinert species, with proposal of a new species of Eurytion (Chilopoda: Geophilomorpha: Chilenophilidae). – Psyche 75 (2): 228–232.

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Pereira, L. A. (2016): Plateurytion roigi sp. nov., a new geophilid centipede (Myriapoda: Chilopoda: Geophilomorpha) from Southern Chile. – Zootaxa 4162 (2): 347–360.

Pereira, L. & A. Minelli (1992): A new record of Schendyloides alacer (Pocock, 1891) from the Falkland Islands and a redescription of the species. – Bolletin Sociedad entomologica Italiana 124 (2): 83–90.

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Shelley, R. (2008): Revision of the Centipede Genus Hemiscolopendra Kraepelin, 1903: Description of H. marginata (Say, 1821) and possible misidentifications as Scolopendra spp; proposal of Akymnopellis, n. gen., and redescriptions of its South American components (Scolopendromorpha: Scolopendridae: Scolopendrinae). – International Journal of Myriapodology 1(2): 171–204.

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How to Cite

Vega-Román, E. ., & Ruiz, V. H. . (2018). Catalogue of Chilean centipedes (Myriapoda, Chilopoda). SOIL ORGANISMS, 90(1), 27–37. Retrieved from