Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Genus Cylindroiulus Verhoeff, 1894
These millipedes require adult dissection and detailed microscopic examination to identify, but it is one of the ‘tail-less’ Cylindroiulus species, where it is basically lacking a projecting telson. There are 4 British ‘tail-less’ species:
Cylindroiulus truncorum which is scarce and non-native.
Cylindroiulus latestriatus (Curtis, 1845) which is common and widespread.
Cylindroiulus britannicus (Verhoeff, 1891) also common and widespread.
Cylindroiulus parisiorum (Brölemann & Verhoeff, 1896) which is localised.
They feed on dead leaves and other plant detritus. Seen throughout the year mainly in woodland and gardens.
Found in local wood and back garden, South Staffordshire. © Peter Hillman.