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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