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1890 illustration by J. H. Emerton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Myriapoda
Class: Chilopoda
Order: Scutigeromorpha
Family: Latzeliidae
Genus: Latzelia
Scudder, 1890
Type species
Latzelia primordialis
Scudder, 1890

Latzelia is an extinct genus of scutigeromorph centipedes, and the type and only genus of the family Latzeliidae.[1] It existed during the Carboniferous in what is now Illinois (found in Mazon Creek fossil beds).[1] It was described by Samuel Hubbard Scudder in 1890, and the type species, and only known species, is Latzelia primordialis.[2] The genus name honors Austrian zoologist Robert Latzel.[3]

This centipede genus should not be confused with two invalid names applied to millipede genera: the first proposed Bollman in 1893 for a glomeridan species now in the genus Glomeridella, and the second by Verhoeff in 1895 for a genus of chordeumatidans now known as Verhoeffia.[3]


  1. ^ a b Edgecombe, Gregory D. (2011). "Chilopoda - Fossil History". In Alessandro Minelli (ed.). Treatise on Zoology - Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology. The Myriapoda. Brill. p. 356. ISBN 9004156119. 
  2. ^ Invertebrate Palaeontology & Evolution by Euan Clarkson and Euan, N.K. Clarkson.
  3. ^ a b Brölemann, Henry W. (1895). "Genre Latzelia". Zoologischer Anzeiger. 18: 458–459.