Least Lithobius Lithobius (Sigibius) microps

Lithobius (Sigibius) microps
Lithobius (Sigibius) microps
Lithobius (Sigibius) microps

Class Chilopoda (Centipedes)
Order Lithobiomorpha (Stone centipedes)
Family Lithobiidae
Species Lithobius (Sigibius) microps Meinert, 1868

Length 9.5 mm.

A light chestnut coloured centipede that curls up when disturbed. It has 3 ocelli (simple eyes) in a single row. It is amongst the smallest of the stone centipedes and is very fast-moving.

It feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Seen all year round, and found in soil and leaf-litter in various habitats. Fairly frequent in England and Wales. Native to Britain.

Found in local wood amongst leaf litter, South Staffordshire June 2020. © Peter Hillman.

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.