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Copyright: temmuz agustos (smirnese) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 77] (218)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-17
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-18 7:31
Viewed: 11632
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a centipede found under a rock. It was 12cm long and it was almost impossible to capture it when it started moving. I wish I had posted a sharper image but I had no idea about the centipedes' speed. It went under some plants quickly and became "invisible" in only 5 seconds after lifting up the rock.

Other common names for centipedes are hundred-leggers and rainworms.

Centipedes are fast-moving venomous, predatory terrestrial arthropods that have long bodies and many jointed legs. Chiefly nocturnal, centipedes are found primarily in tropical climates. Like the closely-related millipedes, they are highly segmented (15 to 173 segments), but with one pair of walking legs per segment. Centipedes are dorso-ventrally flattened, and are among the fastest and most agile of arthropod predators.

The head of a centipede has a pair of antennae and jaw-like mandibles, and other mouthparts that evolved from modified appendages. The most anterior trunk segment of a centipede has a pair of venomous claws (called maxillipeds) that are used for both defense and for capturing and paralyzing prey. The venom can be dangerous to humans in some species. Despite their name, which stems from the Latin words 'centi' (meaning 'hundred') and 'ped' (meaning 'foot'), they normally have around half that, though it is possible to find centipedes with over 200 legs.

Centipedes also live on cave floors underneath bats. When a baby bat falls from the cave ceiling, the centipedes swarm over and poison it before eating it.

In Japanese mythology, heroes battle with giant centipedes, which even at mundane sizes are often thought to be connected with the world of the dead.

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Superclass Myriapoda
Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)

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Hi Serhan,
does it lives in Turkey, also?

The shot is good with real colors and details.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-04-18 8:19]

Excellent centipedew! The photo is so good, that I easily count only 36 feet, because it was fidgeting al the time;)
Good job, Serhan !

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-18 8:44]

wow! beautiful shot! I had the same problem with a similar one. But you did a fine shot. You can fix the sharp problem with a software program. I like a lot the colors and contrast of your picture. Congrats. Gabriel

Hi Serhan, Excellent capture with excellent colors, BG and POV, TFS Kyle

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-18 9:19]
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Hi Serhan
Thanks for sharing this type of hundred legs as I have never seen one before. It sure is a eeky insect. It think it must be the head on the left side as those feelers seem to look more like antennae.
Reading your notes about the surprising speed this thing is capable of, I am sure one should appreciate how difficult this shot was. Because of the brief period you had a view of it you had to point, compose and shoot in very quick succession.
The composition is good and the colours are fine. The DOF could be better (as you said), but it is not all that bad. I suppose you did try to sharpen it somewhat so probably it could not go much further. The exposure actually came out quite fine as well and it reflects some great contrasts.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-18 9:38]
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Hello Serhan!
Wonderful close up.POV,sharpness,details,colors,contrast,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Serhan,
interesting shot. A bit out of focus, but as you said it was moving very quickly. So it is a good documentary shot with good colours and enough details to study the interesting anatomy of that centipede with its hind end resembling a head with antennae. Amazing to read your notes about the size of this centipede. It really looks dangerous.
Thanks, and best regards,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-18 10:44]

Excellent capture ! This animal looks really impressive on your photo ! Nice colors. Details could be sharper, but that is a minor details, it's sharp enought for us to see the animal. Just having been able to get such a shot of this animal is great. Well done !

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-04-18 13:13]

bırrr. hakkaten bakinca canli hissi veren bir foto. renkler ve pov cok hos. flas parlamasi olmus biraz ama onun disinda detaylar harika. kolay gelsin

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-04-18 14:54]
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Ogólnie fajne zdjęcie, fajnie wykadrowane. Szkoda że zabrakło trochę ostrości.

Hi Serhan,
Awesome centipede, is beautiful. very good capture, colours, and light, but I found it soft in focus, I think it needs a bit of Workshop.

Hi Serhan,

Very nice photo. You're lucky to have this kind of animals in your contry. Here in Canada i never saw that. We have some "milles pattes", that's how we call it here, but they're a lot smaller, about 3 cm.

Great colors and good details. Is there an egg or a larva beside the centipede? It looks like this. Good work.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-18 17:40]

Hi Serhan,
Great capture! Don't mind about poor focus: I know by experience about this centipedes.
One crossed over my hand while a was reading in summer!
In Spain I had seen only brown-yellow ones.
José M.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-04-18 23:43]

Hi Serhan,
Very nice shot! Good details and great colours,
well composed with nice POV.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-19 3:46]

Very strange insect!
Very good colours!
A bit soft on focuos, but still a nice photo1

Hi Serhan,
very good details,colors,contrastand and notes.
Excellent shot.

This is a colorful portrait of a centipede with lots of detail, enough to keep unwanted visitors warned. Quick reflexes were needed to capture this specimen. Well done.

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