Western Yellow Centipede - Stigmatogaster subterranea

Alt Name
Haplophilus subterraneus

This is the longest centipede found in the UK, it is yellow/orange and up to 70 mm long. It has between 77 and 83 pairs of legs.

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?

It is a 'geophilid' centipede which lives mainly in leaf litter but can also be found under stones.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in southern Britain at least, not well recorded elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland where it has been recorded from at least 77 sites.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map