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Cryptops hortensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Chilopoda
Order: Scolopendromorpha
Family: Cryptopidae
Kohlrausch, 1881

The Cryptopidae are a family of scolopendromorph centipedes. Cryptopids are blind (lacking ocelli) and possess 21 pairs of legs as adults.[1] The genus Cryptops is the numerically largest in the family, comprising over 150 species worldwide.[2]


The four genera, with at least 184 species, are:[3]

The genera Plutonium and Theatops, formerly classified in the cryptopid subfamily Plutoniuminae, are now placed in the recently elevated family Plutoniumidae.[4]


  1. ^ Shelley, Rowland M. "Centipedes". The Myriapoda (Millipedes, Centipedes) Featuring the North American Fauna. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Balan, Dhanya; P.M. Sureshan; Vinod Khanna (2012). "A new species of centipede of the genus Cryptops Leach (Scolopendromorpha: Cryptopidae) from southern Western Ghats with a key to the species of Cryptops in India" (PDF). Journal of Threatened Taxa. 4 (4): 2510–2514. doi:10.11609/jott.o3035.2510-4. 
  3. ^ Minelli A.; Bonato L.; Dioguardi R.; et al. "Chilobase: a web resource for Chilopoda taxonomy". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Di, Zhiyong; Zhijian Cao; Yingliang Wu; Shijin Yin; Gregory D. Edgecombe; Wenxin Li (2010). "Discovery of the centipede family Plutoniumidae (Chilopoda) in Asia: a new species of Theatops from China, and the taxonomic value of spiracle distributions in Scolopendromorpha". Zootaxa. 2667: 51–63.