Striped Millipede - Ommatoiulus sabulosus


This species is a plump cylindrical brown millipede that is easily identified by the pair of ginger stripes along its back. It is one of the largest British millipedes.

Identification difficulty

It prefers sandy soils and is often found in the daytime, unlike most other millipedes. It is sometimes found under logs but it also likes to climb and can be seen up walls and in trees, where it also grazes on algae.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Like other millipedes it eats dead and decaying vegetation.

UK Status

This species is common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

UK Map