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 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.

    Identification difficulty

    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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map