Pseudosinella alba


    Pseudosinella alba is widespread and very common in leaf litter, soil and organic matter throughout the UK. Each eye is comprised of two ocelli which are close together in a single spot of pigment on either side of the head - difficult to resolve unless the pigment has been cleared. The claw has prominent teeth and the body is covered in scales, also present on the dens. The mucro has two teeth. Of the six UK species of Pseudosinella, the other common non-costal UK species Pseudosinella immaculata is blind. Pseudosinella alba can be distinguished from Heteromurus nitidis because in Heteromurus, abd.4 is less than 2 times the length of abd.3.

    Identification difficulty

    In leaf litter, soil and organic matter.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and very common throughout Britain and Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map