What is this? Centipede looking thing

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by WombatCowboy, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. WombatCowboy

    WombatCowboyValued MemberMember

    This was in my fresh water community tank. What is it?!? Is it just a centipede that crawled in?

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  2. Platylover

    PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    Looks like, well, a centipede.
     
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    WombatCowboy

    WombatCowboyValued MemberMember

    Thats what I thought too! Thing was just chilling in the tank though and I never heard of a fresh water bristle worm.
     




  4. Platylover

    PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    That's so strange though, I've had some insects in my tank, but never a centipede! What are you going to do with it?
     




  5. BlackNotebookTanks

    BlackNotebookTanksWell Known MemberMember

    *shudders* centipedes are cool and all but NO THANKS get out of my tank!!!!!!! I will let you run all over my hands in the garden but stay the heck away from my fishies! Eek 0_0
     
  6. Quibbles

    QuibblesValued MemberMember

    AAAAAHHH! That thing is terrifying! How do you think it would have gotten in?
     
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    WombatCowboy

    WombatCowboyValued MemberMember

    It's in my quarantine tank right now. I was going to let him go outside but if it was some "aquatic" centipede I never heard of I didn't want him to die. but I guess if it's a regular centipede eventually he'll run out of air, bit of a catch 22
     
  8. BlackNotebookTanks

    BlackNotebookTanksWell Known MemberMember

    Welp. I can't find anything on a freshwater aquatic centipede. That thing is definitely terrestrial. They may be like earth worms though. They can survive under water for a while but will eventually drown. Ill hopefully get the species for ya in a sec.
     
  9. MinhMai

    MinhMaiValued MemberMember

    Kill it with fire!
     
  10. BlackNotebookTanks

    BlackNotebookTanksWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like a Lithobius fortficatus or variegatus. I'd say L. Fortficatus. They have 15 pairs of leggies and are around 3-4cm fully grown. Looks like this little guys crawled up into your tank in search of food. It probably sensed the damp/wet and fell in. Hope this helps!

    Edit: Oh and these guys are terrestrial so good job on releasing it back outside! You just got an overly curious critter
     
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    WombatCowboy

    WombatCowboyValued MemberMember

    Thanks thats what my googling found too, it's almost worst though that means there are/was a centipede in my bedroom...
     
  12. BlackNotebookTanks

    BlackNotebookTanksWell Known MemberMember

    Hehehe don't worry. Little critter probably crawled through a window or vent ^_^ in our house we always find weird insects and small mammals when its hot out, because all the windows and doors are left open!
     
  13. Cef

    CefValued MemberMember

    I saw this, i think it is talking about freshwater bristle worms.  
     
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    WombatCowboy

    WombatCowboyValued MemberMember

    I keep a salt tank and have delt with bristle worms a lot. This guy wasn't similar really. I honestly think it was just a pede that fell in.

    Thanks though sorry I freaked...
     




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