White-legged Snake Millipede - Tachypodoiulus niger

Description

It is recognised by its tubular black body and contrasting white legs (about 100 of them). It also has a projection pointing backwards from the telson (rear segment).

Similar Species

Cylindroiulus caeruleocinctus is similar but has a browner colour, is more stocky and lacks the projection from the telson. Ophyiulus pilosus is also similar with the rear projection and pale legs, though not as white.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Found in gardens, woodlands and anywhere with rocks or rotting trees under which it can hide.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It feeds on algae and dead plant material. It is useful in the garden as it returns decaying plant material to the soil.

UK Status

Very common and widespread across Britain.

VC55 Status

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

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