Common Cryptops - Cryptops hortensis


About 20 to 30 mm long and little more than 1 mm broad, it is a pale brown animal with 21 pairs of legs - the rear pair backward facing and more robust than the others. It has no eyes, although it is very active animal. The antennae are no more than about a quarter the length of the body.

Similar Species

There are several very similar species which can only be confidently identified using a key and a microscope or good lens.

Photo ID?

This small centipede is found regularly in gardens and woodland where it hides under stones and logs.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

The female looks after her eggs and young for a while.

UK Status

Fairly frequent but not common, with most records coming from southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map