Lithobius variegatus Leach, 1814

Common name

Banded Centipede


GB IUCN status: Least Concern


A large centipede (to 30 mm) that can usually be readily identifiable in the field by its large size and bold purple banded posterior legs and purple marbled body.

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Distribution and Habitat

Although very common over much of western Britain and Ireland, it is apparently absent from the eastern-most parts of England.  It is mostly recorded from rural areas, and in some parts of central England (e.g. Oxfordshire) it is restricted to ancient woodland.



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