Alipes grandidieri

Alipes grandidieri most commonly known as the feather-tail centipede, is a centipede that lives in Eastern Africa.[2] It is 10–15 cm long.[3] It is part of the genus Alipes and the family Scolopendridae.[2]

Alipes grandidieri
Alipes grandidieri preserved.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Myriapoda
Class: Chilopoda
Order: Scolopendromorpha
Family: Scolopendridae
Genus: Alipes
A. grandidieri
Binomial name
Alipes grandidieri
(Lucas 1864)[1]

It was first described in Zanzibar, as Eucorybas Grandidieri [sic] by Lucas in 1864.[4]

The species range is Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.[2] It has distinctive back legs that look like they have feathers. When threatened they will shake their back legs and make a hissing sound.[3]


  1. ^ Lucas H. (1864) Sur new nouvelle espèce de Scolopendridae (Eucorybas grandidieri), Annales de la Société Entomologique de France. (4) 4: 420
  2. ^ a b c Bisby FA, Roskov YR, Orrell TM, Nicolson D., Paglinawan LE, Bailly N., Kirk PM, Bourgoin T., Baillargeon G., Ouvrard D. (ed.) (June 2, 2011). "Species 2000 & ITIS Catalog of Life : 2011 Annual Checklist." Species 2000: Reading, UK . Read September 24, 2012 . online at:
  3. ^ a b Gauthier, Kelly; Csotonyi, Julius (2017). Discovering bugs (First ed.). Kennebunkport, ME: Applesauce Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-60433-689-4. OCLC 960033852.
  4. ^ The Annals and magazine of natural history; zoology, botany, and geology. Vol. 18. London: Taylor and Francis, Ltd. 1896.