Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus


Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus
Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus
Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus
Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus

Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Julida
Family Julidae
Species Cylindroiulus punctatus (Leach, 1815)

Length up to 25 mm.

This millipede has a pinkish-pale brown ground colour and has a banded appearance, often with darker spots along each side. It also has a dark mask across its eyes, and a distinct club-shaped telson (tail end).

Seen all year round, it spends part of its life cycle living in leaf litter, and the rest in rotting wood. It feeds on dead plant matter. Found in woodland and gardens, in rotting wood or leaf litter or under rocks and stones. Common and widespread throughout Britain.

Discovered in local wood in leaf-litter, South Staffordshire. August 2020. © Peter Hillman.

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.