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Millipede or centipede?

Observed: 21st January 2011 By: claire6274
millipede or centipede?
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stevegregory's picture

Striae !

The key feature is the fine side-to-side striae (just about apparent on the top of the body of some segments in this image) on the smooth segments that alternate with the segments with deep head-to-tail grooves. In Britain these are only seen in Tachypodoiulus or Ommatoiulus (and the latter normally has big orange stripes/spots!). This works even on brown bodied and brown legged specimens of Tachypodoiulus.

chrisbrooks's picture

Experts

Now that is what experts are for, noted and thanks.

stevegregory's picture

We all have our own areas of expertise.

I couldn't do this for dragonflies!

Steve

claire6274's picture

Hi, so is it the snake

Hi, so is it the snake millipede, but with this as it's defining feature, or is it some other type of millipede?
Thanks for the help everyone: I'm new to this ID lark and frankly rubbish at it!!

stevegregory's picture

Hi claire6274

It's one of about 30 different different types of 'snake millipede' found in Britain - all belonging to ORDER JULIDA. For the full British list (including pill-millipedes, flat-back millipedes, silk millipedes, etc) - see http://www.bmig.org.uk/page/millipede-checklist.
Snake millipedes (Julida) are the group at the bottom (i.e. believed to be the most highly evolved). For a VERY SIMPLE BEGINNERS GUIDE to millipede/centipede groups (but not species) see http://www.earthtrust.org.uk/Explore/Explorenatureandwildife/minibeastgu...
(as is the nature of simple things, it is not comprehansive).

Steve