chilopod (plural chilopods)

  1. Any myriapod of the class Chilopoda, a centipede.
    • 2006, G. Eisenbis, 1: Biology of Soil Invertebrates, Helmut König, Ajit Varma (editors), Intestinal Microorganisms of Termites and Other Invertebrates, page 34 ↗,
      Consequently most chilopods are carnivorous, searching for earthworms, enchytraeids, and insects.
    • 2009, M. Schaefer, S. Migge-Kleian, S. Scheu, Chapter 12: The Role of Soil Fauna for Decomposition of Plant Residues, Rainer Brumme, Partap K. Khanna (editors), Functioning and Management of European Beech Ecosystems, page 223 ↗,
      Important predatory groups in the beech forest at Göttinger Wald are chilopods, spiders, carabid and staphylinid beetles and gamasid mites. Chilopods consume a high proportion of collembolan populations and of other saprophagous groups (Poser, 1988, 1991).
    • 2013, Rudolf Loesel, Harald Wolf, Matthes Kenning, Steffen Harzsch, Andy Sombke, 13: Architectural Principles and Evolution of the Arthropod Central Nervous System, Alessandro Minelli, Geoffrey Boxshall, Giuseppe Fusco (editors), Arthropod Biology and Evolution: Molecules, Development, Morphology, page 308 ↗,
      However, the authors point out that the motoneurons' morphologies are dissimilar in hexapods and chilopods, a fact that argues against a homology of hexapodan and chilopodan longitudinal muscle motoneurons.
Synonyms Related terms
  • chilopodan

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