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New book organizes and summarizes 250 years of literature to help scientists advance our knowledge of these remarkable predatory arthropods

Centipedes are top of the food chain invertebrate predators that form an integral part of ecosystems worldwide. Amazingly, they link the vertebrate and invertebrate worlds through the food web. Author Randy J. Mercurio equips the scientific community with the ability to study these fascinating myriapods by accessing the literature through An Annotated Catalog of Centipedes (Chilopoda) From the United States of America, Canada and Greenland (1758–2008).

There has never been a greater time or need for scientists of different disciplinary backgrounds to cooperate on unraveling the complex mechanisms of ecosystems. Habitat destruction and alteration through floral and faunal introductions continue to imperil native microhabitat specialists such as centipedes. The author believes that these epigean arthropods will continue to reveal a wealth of information about our ecosystems and invites researchers to unlock some of their secrets such as bioluminescence, chemical defenses and photoreception. He stresses the need for systematists, biologists, ecologists, molecular biologists, microscopists, biochemists and others to coordinate studies that advance our knowledge of centipedes. For the first time in history, this book provides a list of known centipedes by country and state or province making studies on local centipede fauna relatively easy.

Through An Annotated Catalog of Centipedes (Chilopoda) From the United States of America, Canada and Greenland (1758–2008), Mercurio hopes to facilitate more research on one of the most under admired yet incredible creatures that have roamed the earth for over four hundred million years. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Randy Mercurio obtained a B.A. in Biology from New York University. He worked for the American Museum of Natural History for over four years as a Scientific Assistant in the Department of Entomology where he primarily worked on scorpions. In his spare time from 2002 to 2009 he studied centipedes and compiled this catalog. He is currently an ICP-MS analytical chemist for Eastern Research Group, Inc. in North Carolina where he tests environmental air samples for toxic metals.

An Annotated Catalog of Centipedes (Chilopoda) From the United States of America, Canada and Greenland (1758–2008)* by Randy J. Mercurio
Publication Date: March 23, 2010
Trade Paperback; $56.99; 560 pages; 978-1-4415-8047-4

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