White-legged Snake Millipede Tachypodoiulus niger

White-legged Millipede Tachypodoiulus niger
White-legged Millipede Tachypodoiulus niger

Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Julida
Family Julidae
Species Tachypodoiulus niger (Leach, 1814)

Length up to 60 mm.

A very dark and shiny millipede with contrasting white legs. It has a pointed projecting telson. The presence of traverse striae on the prozonites in addition to the usual longitudinal striae on the metazonites is characteristic of the species.

Animals mature after 2 or 3 years and may survive for several years after first mating. The largest females may be up to 9 years old. Feeds on algae and decaying vegetation. It perform a useful nutrient-recycling function.

Seen all year round, and found in gardens, woodlands and anywhere with rocks or rotting trees under which it can hide. Native, very common and widespread throughout Britain.

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

Species identification confirmed and recorded by an expert from iRecord.