Myriapoda – General Characters (Phylum Arthropoda)


Centipedes vs millipedes

Centipede (Source Wikipedia)

Systematic position: 

Kingdom: Animalia
Sub-kingdom: Eumetazoa
Super-phylum: Ecdysosoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Sub-phylum: Myriapoda

General Characters of Myriapoda

Ø  Includes centipedes and millipedes

Ø  All are terrestrial arthropods

Ø  Usually contain many legs

Ø  Single pair of antennae

Ø  Eyes simple

Ø  Mouth part lies on the underside of head

Ø  Upper lip of mouth with epistome and labrum

Millipedes and Centipedes Differences

Millipede : source Wikipedia

Ø  Lower lip of mouth with a pair of maxillae

Ø  A pair of mandibles present

Ø  Mandibles lie inside the mouth

Ø  Breath through spiracles that connect tracheal system similar to insects

Ø  Excretion through malpighian tubules

Classification of Myriapoda

Sub-phylum Myriapoda includes four classes:

Class 1:  Chilopoda

Class 2: Diplopoda

Class 3: Pauropoda

Class 4: Symphyla

Classification of Myriapoda

Sub-Phylum Myriapoda and its Classes


Zoology Short Notes


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