Arenophilus peregrinus Jones, 1989


GB IUCN status: Data Deficient
GB rarity status: Nationally Rare


A very small pallid species (to 12 mm), with 45 leg pairs, and last legs terminating in a distinct ‘tubercle’.

Distribution and Habitat

Described new to science from the Isles of Scilly in the 1989, it has subsequently been found at two sites in Cornwall (but no-where else on the planet). 

Recently this species was discovered in Portugal (Gregory & Lewis, 2015) suggesting that it may have a widespread Atlantic distribution (and may have been overlooked in western France and Spain).



Jones, R.E. (1989) On a new species of centipede (Chilopoda: Geophilomorpha) from the Isles of Scilly. Journal of Natural History, 23: 627-633.

Gregory, S. & Jones, R.E. (1999) Arenophilus peregrinus in Cornwall: A centipede new to mainland Britain. Bulletin of the British Myriapod Group, 15: 28-29.



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