Brown Centipede - Lithobius forficatus


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.

Similar Species

There are several very similar species but this is the largest Lithobius in Leicestershire and Rutland, typically around 30mm. It is all chestnut brown.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

A good photo is required together with a comment stating its length.


Various habitats including gardens. It is found in damp places, often under stones.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It has a large pair of jaws and preys on smaller creatures.

UK Status

Very common and widespread across Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland where it has been recorded from over 150 sites.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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