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The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.

Myriapoda. — Family Chilopoda

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Family Chilopoda.

Scolopendra platypus, Brandt Two specimens.

Centipedes were fairly common on the island, and were apt to creep into and hide amongst the folds of any unworn titi dresses. If such clothes had been laid aside, it was necessary before using to have them carefully fumigated. This was done by placing a handful of " Gnashu " (Sccevola) leaves on some embers around which the titi dresses were arranged, and a couple of mats were packed round to keep the smoke in. Karsel and Finch* recorded S. platypus, Brandt, Orphnœus lividus, Mein., and Otostignus orientalis, Por., from the Marshall Group in 1880.

* Berlin. Ent. Zeit., xxv. p. 15.