Western Yellow Centipede - Stigmatogaster subterranea

Alternative names
Haplophilus subterraneus

This is the longest centipede found in the UK, it is yellow/orange and up to 70 mm long. It has between 77 and 83 pairs of 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

It is a 'geophilid' centipede which lives mainly in leaf litter but can also be found under stones.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in southern Britain at least, not well recorded elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland where it has been recorded from at least 77 sites.

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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