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Stenotaenia linearis

Observed: 22nd April 2013 By: andyk
London Natural History Society
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Stenotaenia linearis
Head - ventral
trunk - ventral
terminal - ventral
Description:

Usually synanthropic, this specimen was found in a small scrub woodland.

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Comments

stevegregory's picture

Nice find.

I make that about about 77 leg pairs! As a novice this was one of the first centipedes I collected and I (wrongly) assumed it to be Stigmatogaster. Tony Barber (BMIG Centipede Recorder) soon put me right! It does seem to be most common in south-east England, and turns up regularly in old gardens in the Oxford area.

Steve

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First count

Steve, the first leg count = 71 and the second 73. Having re-checked it is 73 (more than in Tony's key!)

Andy Keay

stevegregory's picture

Cheers

I think I counted some of the legs twice (or thrice!)

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Take more water with it!

Usual advice to the BMIG!

Andy Keay

stevegregory's picture

Good advice...

...but I prefer mine at 75% (as you know).

Steve

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Stenotaenia linearis

My first experience of this was in large numbers from the soil of a garden near Guildford so watch for it especially in urban & suburban sites around London.