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The millipede Scolopendra morsitans is believed to be at least partly responsible for the decline of the 'Critically Endangered (CR)' St Helena giant earwig (see Labidura herculeana in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species) , giant ground beetle on Saint Helena and probably other endemic invertebrates on Ascension.

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Compiler: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the EU-funded South Atlantic Invasive Species project, coordinated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


Publication date: 2009-04-28

Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2021) Species profile: Scolopendra morsitans. Downloaded from on 01-12-2021.

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Informations on Scolopendra morsitans has been recorded for the following locations. Click on the name for additional informations.
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Red List assessed species 1: CR = 1;
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  • [3] Reduction in native biodiversity
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8 references found for Scolopendra morsitans

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Varnham, K. 2006. Non-native species in UK Overseas Territories: a review. JNCC Report 372. Peterborough: United Kingdom.
Summary: This database compiles information on alien species from British Overseas Territories.
Available from: [Accessed 10 November 2009]
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Ashmole, N. Philip and Myrtle J. Ashmole., 1997. The Land Fauna of Ascension Island: New Data from Caves and Lava Flows, and a Reconstruction of the Prehistoric Ecosystem . Journal of Biogeography, Vol. 24, No. 5 (Sep., 1997), pp. 549-589 (article consists of 41 pages)
Ashmole, Philip and Myrtle Ashmole. 2003. The invertebrates of Prosperous Bay Plain, St Helena September � December 2003. Commissioned by the St Helena Government and financed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
CSIRO Entomology., 2004. 2. Scientific Names: Scolopendra morsitans Linnaeus
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 10 April 2009]
Shelley, R.M. 2004. Occurrences of the centipedes, Scolopendra morsitans L. and S. subspinipes Leach, on Pacific Islands (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha: Scolopendridae). Entomological News 115: 78-83.
Shelley Rowland M. ; Occurrences of the centipedes, Scolopendra morsitans L. and S. subspinipes leach, on Pacific Islands (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha: Scolopendridae). 2004, vol. 115, no2, pp. 78-83 [6 page(s) (article)] Entomological news
Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification - Genus Scolopendra -
Summary: Available from: [Accessed 10 April 2009]
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(2021). Scolopendra morsitans. IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT).