Systematic: Arthropod, myriapod (centipede), chilopoda (or centipede) scolopendridae.
Etymology: "Volans" for its ability to perform glides. wink at Draco volans the lizard glider Southeast Asia.
Cousin of the XXI century: Scolopendra subspinipes.
Distribution: The species is present in the forests of Eurafrica and Asia. It is particularly fond of tropical canopies.Morphology: The body of the centipede is very flat. Its segments (or scleritis) -especially those of the center-are hyper-extended on their dorsal surface and thus form articulated fins, which has the effect of increasing the lift of the animal. Posterior fins at the telson are particularly elongated and are a rudder. The antennas are for their rather short, they do not interfere with the animal in flight.
Ethology: Through its aerodynamic shape and its dorsal fin segments, Scolopendra volans is capable of performing hovers over fairly long distances. In dense forests, he held various trophic levels. They lay eggs in the bark of trees and hunting on the lookout for insects and other arthropods, as well as mammals and large birds on which it drops: as its Asian cousin, this aggressive predator secrete a particularly dangerous venom .