Centipedes & Millipedes



Both centipedes and millipedes are classified in the sub-phylum myriapoda (meaning many-legged). Centipedes are predatory whilst millipedes are vegetarian! Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment whilst millipedes have two.There are around 53 UK centipede species, and a similar number of millipedes, though some are restricted to specialist habitats and a few invasive species are only found in heated greenhouses.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

The Millipedes of Leicestershire and Rutland - Jon Daws, Helen Ikin

Useful Websites and Publications


British Myriapod Recording Group - a useful portal to resources such as keys for millipedes, centipedes and woodlice.

Video - Introduction to UK Millipedes - excellent illustrated talk by Paul Richards (Tanyptera Project)


Atlas of the Millipedes (Diplopoda) of Britain and Ireland (Pensoft Series Faunistica) - useful information about the distribution of all UK species but not helpful for identification.

Key to the Identification of British Centipedes - an AIDGAP guide published by the Field Studies Council. An essential guide to a difficult group.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know: info@naturespot.co.uk

Recording Schemes

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.

Visit our County Recorders page to find out who is the CR in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).