Ophyiulus pilosus


This is one of the commonest millipedes but infrequently recorded due to the need to examine specimens microscopically. It is relatively large with a dark brown to black body and with brown mottling on the lower flanks. Males of the genus Ophyiulus can be recognised by their first pair of legs being modified into a sharply pointed sickle-shaped structure.

Similar Species

Could be confused with the White-legged Snake Millipede Tachypodoiulus niger.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • first pair of male legs modified into a sickle shape

Mainly woodland, often in leaf-litter.

UK Status

Common and widespread

VC55 Status

Common but under-recorded.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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