Heteromurus nitidus

    Description

    Heteromurus nitidus is a widespread and common species found in a variety of habitats. The body is iridescent and covered in rounded scales (needs high power magnification) Details of the antennae are difficult to see - technically there are five segments but it looks like four, and the terminal section (ant5) annulated with numerous regularly-spaced subsegments. Most characteristically, the eyes consist of a single reddish-brown ocellus on each side of the head making this species easy to identify. The furca is quite long and the mucro has two teeth; the empodium of the foot is about 80% as long as the claw.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found in a variety of habitats rich in organic matter. It is also common in caves.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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