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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.
BMIG website: www.bmig.org.uk (centipedes, millipedes & woodlice)
BMIG Newsletters ~ www.bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-newsletter
BMIG Bulletins ~ www.bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-bulletin
Now that is what experts are for, noted and thanks.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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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!!
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).
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