Polydesmus angustus


It is up to 25 mm long and 4 mm wide, and has about 20 segments. This is a flattened, brownish millipede with off-white legs.

Similar Species

There are several very similar species which can only be confidently identified using a key and a microscope or good lens.

Identification difficulty

Gardens and woodland, often found in dead wood, compost heaps and leaf litter.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Normally feeding on dead leaves and other rotting material, but also fond of soft fruit such as Strawberries.

UK Status

Widespread and common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map