Arenophilus peregrinus Jones, 1989


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

ID Difficulty



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

Steve Gregory
Steve Gregory

Distribution and Habitat

Described new to science from the Isles of Scilly by Jones (1989), it was subsequently found on the Cornish mainland (Gregory & Jones, 1999) where it is now known from two sites (at that time it was not known from any where else on the planet). 
More 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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