Stone Centipede - Lithobius microps


    Lithobius microps rarely grows longer than 9mm and is a light chestnut brown with slightly paler legs. It has a tendency to curl up when disturbed. Three ocelli in a row on either side of the head are characteristic of this species (rarely a fourth may be present above the row).

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • c9mm
    • 15 pairs of legs
    • 3 ocelli in a row
    • 2+2 teeth on forcipular coxosternite
    • 14th & 15th legs thickened
    • double claw on last leg (usually)
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    It is a ground dwelling species of gardens and bare soil, often associated with human habitation.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent, particularly in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland where it has been recorded from at least 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

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