The centipede phylome (Strigamia maritima, myriapoda)

Myriapoda is one of the main lineages inside the phyllum Arthropoda. All myriapodes posses a body plan composed by several metamers with a pair of uniramous legs and low morphological specialization, in clear contrast with the other main arthropod lineages. They also present one pair of antennae, mandibles and a tracheal respiratory system. All living myriapoda are terrestrial, although many groups live in moist environments. Myriapoda is composed by four groups: Chilopoda (Centipedes), Diplopoda (Milipedes), Pauropoda and Symphyla. Centipedes are predatory animals with one pair of venomous appendices and a dorsoventrally compressed body. Here we present the phylome of the first myriapode genome, the blind geophylomorpha centipede Strigamia maritima. The analysis of the genome of this arthropod and the comparison with insects has revealed several traits that have appeared independently in both groups, as well as new traits that are unique to Strigamia, shedding genomic light into one of the most important and, at the same, time less studied arthropod groups. You can browse the phylome (phylome_177) and find more information in the associated publication:


The first myriapod genome sequence reveals conservative arthropod gene content and genome organisation in the centipede Strigamia maritima. Chipman et. al. (2014) PLoS Biology 25;12(11):e1002005