Species of the Month

Melogona voigtii (Verhoeff, 1899)

18 species of silk millipede, Order Chordeumatida, are recorded from Britain and Ireland. However, they are only active during the winter months and will not be found in the summer. Melogona voigtii was first recognised as British in 1995 based on specimens collected from three sites in the Lothians, Scotland. A fourth site was not discovered until 2013 in Glasgow. This November the fifth known site, and a first for England, was discovered in Lancashire. M. voigtii bears a strong resemblance to the widespread M. gallica and M. scutellaris and it is highly probable that M. voigtii has been overlooked elsewhere. Have you looked in your local woodland? 

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