Lithobius piceus L. Koch, 1862


GB IUCN status: Least Concern
GB rarity status: Nationally Rare


This is one of several large Lithobius with at least 4+4 forcipular teeth that can be confused with the common L. forficatus. L.piceus has a diagnostic spine 15VaC on the coxae of the last legs, and the last legs bear an ‘accessory claw’.  Females have 3 or 4 gonopod spurs on each side (see images).

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Distribution and Habitat

It is widely recorded from woodland in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, more recently also from a few woodlands in south Wales.



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