A large robust species (to 50 mm) of distinctive shape and with 63-75 leg pairs. It is often found curled into a ball when encountered. Specimens often appear grey in life due to the purplish mottling on the brownish-orange body (also seen in Geophilus carpophagus s.str.).
Distribution and Habitat
It is most abundant in southern coastal areas, but also occurs inland (e.g. London area) where it is often associated with human activity.