Lamyctes fulvicornis Meinert, 1868
GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)
GB rarity status: Naturalised
A small brown centipede (to 10 mm) with a single prominent ocellus on each side of the head, and lacking stout leg spines (as seen in Lithobius species). The antennae typically have c. 25 articles.
A very similar species, Lamyctes africanus, has been reported as an introduction into Denmark and France (Iorio, 2016) and may turn up in synanthropic habitats in the UK. This typically has c. 28 antennal articles.
Distribution and Habitat
It is very widely recorded throughout Britain and Ireland, typically in damp habitats, including arable fields and river-side gravels, and often recorded in late summer (when other centipedes tend to be more elusive).
This species is native to the Australasia, but has been spread worldwide.