Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus


Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus
Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus
Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus
Striped Millipede Ommatoiulus sabulosus

Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Julida
Family Julidae
Species Ommatoiulus sabulosus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Length up to 30 mm.

This is one of Britain’s largest millipedes. Very well marked and unmistakable with 2 conspicuous dark orange stripes running the entire length of the body. It has a pointed projecting telson.

It has a broad habitat range including fields, meadows and woodland, with a preference for sandy soils. Found under bark, logs, on tree trunks and walls. Seen all year round. Native to Britain, common and widespread throughout.

Found in local wood under loose bark, South Staffordshire. August & October 2020. © Peter Hillman.

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.