Temporal range: Late Carboniferous–Early Permian
A model of Arthropleura armata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Diplopoda
Family: Arthropleuridae
Genus: Arthropleura
Meyer, 1853
Type species
Arthropleura armata
Meyer, 1853
Referred species
  • Arthropleura britannica (Andrée, 1910)
  • Arthropleura cristata (Richardson, 1959)
  • Arthropleura maillieuxi (Pruvost, 1930)
  • Arthropleura mammata (Salter, 1863)

Arthropleura was a giant, centipede-like arthropod from the Carboniferous period 320 to 299 million years ago, and was the largest known land arthropod ever.

Despite it's relationship to centipedes it was actually omnivorous, or possibly even herbivorous, but could still have had venomous bites to protect itself from the few large predators that lived in the Carboniferous.


Arthropleura was a giant millipede, it grew 1-8.5 feet (0.3–2.6 metre) in length and was covered in hard armored plating. Despite it's menacing appearance it was an omnivore or possibly an Herbivore.

In popular culture

In the Walking with Monsters episode "Reptile's Beginnings", an Arthropleura was attacked by a Proterogyrinus, it tried to fight off the creature and injured it severely but ended up a meal for the giant amphibian. Also made an appearance in Prehistoric Park where zoologist Nigel Marven was chasing after one, later found another one buried in the dirt to escape the fire. It made an appearance in Primeval being oversized and possessing a venomous bite. Arthropleura can be created in the game, Jurassic Park: Builder. At first, it could only in the Glacier card packs purchasable by real money. Since April 22nd 2016, it became a DNA tournament limited edition. It is the first terrestrial arthropod to appear in the game. It is portrayed in-game as a carnivore when in reality, it was an herbivore. It uses the Titanoboa animations, even though they are unrelated, and share almost no anatomical similarities. Furthemore it wouldn't survive in the cold climate of the Glacier Park(located in modern-day Patagonia) due to requiring a tropical climate and higher amounts of oxygen like those during the Carboniferous period. It also appears in ARK: Survival Evolved.