WoRMS taxon details

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScolopendra Linnaeus, 1758

238245  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:238245)

accepted
Genus
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScolopendra morsitans Linnaeus, 1758 (type by subsequent designation)
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
recent only
Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/10277#page/3/mode/1up
page(s): 637 (639 for Scolopendra marina) [details]   
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEtymology "It has been suggested that Scolopendra (Greek...  
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEtymology "It has been suggested that Scolopendra (Greek σκολόπενδρα) derives from σκόλοψ (“pointed”,” sharp”) and έντερα (“guts” and, by extension, “earthworm”) literally “biting earthworms”" (Guasparri 2000 as cited in Barber 2014). [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorNomenclature On usage in Annelida. The genus Scolopendra...  
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorNomenclature On usage in Annelida. The genus Scolopendra Slabber, 1781 was considered by Nygren (2004: 115) as a nomen oblitum, according to Article 23.9.1 of the ICZN (1999). However, there is no such genus as Slabber was simply using the Linnaean name (which is also pre-Linnaean). Nygren (2004: p.680) appeared to be considering that Scolopendra sensu Slabber was senior to the syllid genus Myrianda as he included Scolopendra as a synonym of Myrianda [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTaxonomy On usage in Annelida. There are numerous early...  
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTaxonomy On usage in Annelida. There are numerous early mentions of Scolopendra annelids. Ashworth (1912: 1) explains that "Aristotle recorded in his " Historia Animalium " the occurrence of marine scolopendrae, similar to their terrestrial congeners but somewhat smaller, redder in colour, and having a larger number of more slender feet. He stated that these animals are to be found in the neighbourhood of rocks, and that they do not occur in very deep water. The animals referred to were probably nereidiform worms. Aristotle also mentioned helminthes or intestinal worms. Pedacius Dioscorides described the use in medicine of Scolopendra marina, earthworms and leeches." [...] "Molyneux gave figures of the external characters and " an account of a not yet described Scolopendra marina," evidently an Aphrodite; Ellis described and figured tubicolous worms, and Peysonnel published "Observations upon the Sea Scolopendra," in which he described the external features and the action of the pharynx of a nereidiform worm." [p.5] "The first edition of Linnaeus' "Systema Naturae" (1735) marks no advance on previous knowledge as regards worms ; the only marine worm mentioned therein is Scolopendra marina, which is placed in the class Insecta." Ashworth notes that in the Gmelin edition of Systema Naturae there is "removal of the species Scolopendra marina from the Insecta, and its reduction to a synonym under Nereis versicolor and noctiluca" [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNomenclature Scolopendra morsitans Linneaus, 1758 was...  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNomenclature Scolopendra morsitans Linneaus, 1758 was designated as type species for Scolopendra by ICZN Opinion 454 (1957) [details]
Read, G. (2017). Scolopendra Linnaeus, 1758. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=238245 on 2017-12-17

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original description Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/10277#page/3/mode/1up
page(s): 637 (639 for Scolopendra marina) [details]   

taxonomy source Ashworth, J.H. (1912). Catalogue of the Chaetopoda in the British Museum. A. Polychaeta: Part 1. Arenicolidae. London, British Museum of Natural History.
note: extensive comments on historic usages of Scolopendra and Scolopendra marina in relation to marine annelids [details]   

taxonomy source Siriwut, W.; Edgecombe, G.; Sutcharit, C.; Tongkerd, P.; Panha, S. (2016). A taxonomic review of the centipede genus Scolopendra Linnaeus, 1758 (Scolopendromorpha, Scolopendridae) in mainland Southeast Asia, with description of a new species from Laos. ZooKeys. 590: 1-124., available online at http://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/7950/list/9/ [details]   

taxonomy source Barber, Anthony. (2014). Early records and names of British & Irish centipedes. Bulletin of the British Myriapod and Isopod Group [BMIG]. 27: 43-52., available online at http://bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-bulletin
note: comments on early usages of Scolopendra, including for marine worms [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 
From editor or global species database
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEditor's comment On usage in Annelida. Scolopendra Linnaeus, 1758 belongs in Arthropoda: Myriapoda: Chilopoda, which are the centipedes. However, pre-Linnaean and some subsequent usages of Scolopendra were for centipede-like annelids, notably "Scolopendra marina" (but also "Scolopendra major tubularia"). See Scolopendra marina for further explanation and examples. Note that Scolopendra Slabber, 1781 does not exist - Slabber was using the Linnaean name. [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEtymology "It has been suggested that Scolopendra (Greek σκολόπενδρα) derives from σκόλοψ (“pointed”,” sharp”) and έντερα (“guts” and, by extension, “earthworm”) literally “biting earthworms”" (Guasparri 2000 as cited in Barber 2014). [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorNomenclature On usage in Annelida. The genus Scolopendra Slabber, 1781 was considered by Nygren (2004: 115) as a nomen oblitum, according to Article 23.9.1 of the ICZN (1999). However, there is no such genus as Slabber was simply using the Linnaean name (which is also pre-Linnaean). Nygren (2004: p.680) appeared to be considering that Scolopendra sensu Slabber was senior to the syllid genus Myrianda as he included Scolopendra as a synonym of Myrianda [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTaxonomy On usage in Annelida. There are numerous early mentions of Scolopendra annelids. Ashworth (1912: 1) explains that "Aristotle recorded in his " Historia Animalium " the occurrence of marine scolopendrae, similar to their terrestrial congeners but somewhat smaller, redder in colour, and having a larger number of more slender feet. He stated that these animals are to be found in the neighbourhood of rocks, and that they do not occur in very deep water. The animals referred to were probably nereidiform worms. Aristotle also mentioned helminthes or intestinal worms. Pedacius Dioscorides described the use in medicine of Scolopendra marina, earthworms and leeches." [...] "Molyneux gave figures of the external characters and " an account of a not yet described Scolopendra marina," evidently an Aphrodite; Ellis described and figured tubicolous worms, and Peysonnel published "Observations upon the Sea Scolopendra," in which he described the external features and the action of the pharynx of a nereidiform worm." [p.5] "The first edition of Linnaeus' "Systema Naturae" (1735) marks no advance on previous knowledge as regards worms ; the only marine worm mentioned therein is Scolopendra marina, which is placed in the class Insecta." Ashworth notes that in the Gmelin edition of Systema Naturae there is "removal of the species Scolopendra marina from the Insecta, and its reduction to a synonym under Nereis versicolor and noctiluca" [details]

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNomenclature Scolopendra morsitans Linneaus, 1758 was designated as type species for Scolopendra by ICZN Opinion 454 (1957) [details]