Geophilus easoni Arthur et al., 2001

Synonyms

Geophilus carpophagus 'short form' of Eason, 1964       

Status

GB IUCN status: Least Concern

Identification

A uniformly chestnut brown centipede, which is smaller (to 40 mm) and has fewer legs pairs (47-51) than the superficially similar G. carpophagus.

Only recently have the two been considered to be separate species (Arthur, et al 2001) and most pre-2001 records of G. carpophagus probably refer to G. easoni

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Distribution and Habitat

This ground dwelling species is common throughout Britain and Ireland, and can be found under stones and dead wood in woodland, moorland, etc. 

Distribution

Reference

Arthur, W., Foddai, D., Kettle, C., Lewis, J. G. E., Luczynski, M. & Minelli, A. (2001) Analysis of segment number and enzyme variation in a centipede reveals a cryptic species, Geophilus easoni sp. nov., and raises questions about speciation. Biol. J. Linn. Soc.74:489-499.

idBmigTaxa

16

BRC Code

Cen_139