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It is a rich chestnut brown animal, between 18 and 30 mm long and up to 4 mm broad. It has 15 pairs of legs, one on each segment.
There are several very similar species which can only be confidently identified using a key and a microscope or good lens.
As there are other very similar species in this genus, which means that detailed examination of the specimen is generally needed to identify the exact species, a red box around the image indicates that we think it is likely to be this species but can't be 100% certain.
Various habitats including gardens. It is found in damp places, often under stones.
All year round.
It has a large pair of jaws and preys on smaller creatures.
Very common and widespread across Britain.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland where it has been recorded from over 150 sites.
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