Cormocephalus rubriceps

Cormocephalus rubriceps is a large centipede of the family Scolopendridae. It is native to Australia and New Zealand, where it is found in the North Island and on islands off the North Island.[1] At up to 25 cm in length, it is the largest centipede in New Zealand.

Cormocephalus rubriceps
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Scientific classification
C. rubriceps
Binomial name
Cormocephalus rubriceps
(Newport, 1843)
Giant Centipede carved or pare carved on display at the New Zealand Arthropod Collection at Landcare Research, Auckland.


Cormocephalus rubriceps

This species known to Maori in New Zealand as the Hura,[2] was given its latin name by George Newport in 1843 as Scolopendra rubriceps.[3] Newport published a description of the species under that name in 1845.[4]


  1. ^ "Giant centipede". Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  2. ^ "hura". Māori dictionary. 2021. Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  3. ^ Newport, George (February 1844). "XIII.— A List of the species of Myriapoda, Order Chilopoda, contained in the Cabinets of the British Museum, with synoptic descriptions of forty-seven new Species". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 13 (82): 94–101. doi:10.1080/03745484409442576. ISSN 0374-5481.
  4. ^ Newport, George (1845). "Monograph of the Class Myriapoda, Order Chilopoda". Transactions of the Linnean Society of London. 19: 349–440 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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