Chaetechelyne vesuviana (Newport, 1844)
GB IUCN status: Least Concern
GB rarity status: Nationally Scarce
A large robust species (to 50 mm) of distinctive shape and with 63-75 leg pairs. It is often found curled into a ball when encountered. Specimens often appear grey in life due to the purplish mottling on the brownish-orange body (also seen in Geophilus carpophagus s.str.).
Distribution and Habitat