Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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There are 136 described species of centipedes (Scolopendra) in Australia, from 43 genera. Scolopendra are found across Australia, including arid regions like Central Australia. Whilst the genus Scolopendra are found around he world, they vary in colour and size, this genus being mostly large.

There are seven known species of centipedes at Uluru.1

The following photos are of the Native Centipede at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This centipede emerged after the recent rain, the ground still very wet.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Chilopoda
  • Order: Scolopendromorpha
  • Family: Scolopendridae
  • Genus: Scolopendra

Footnote & References

  1. Scolopendrid centipedes caught by pitfall trapping in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Nothern Territory, including a record of an apparent ‘outbreak’, by A.L. Yen, J. Wainer, November 2003