Centipede Recording Scheme


The New Centipede Atlas in progress - Records are urgently required for a new centipede atlas which will be produced as soon as possible.


Centipede Recording Scheme Organiser: Tony Barber

The centipede recording scheme was established in 1970 to collate biological records of all species of Centipedes (Chilopoda) found in Britain & Ireland. From its inception the recording scheme collected habitat information alongside the species records such that a large database of ecological data now exists on the group. A provisional analysis of the ecological data was undertaken for the publication of the Provisional Atlas of the Centipedes of the British Isles (Barber & Keay, 1988). Further analysis of a much larger volume of data is underway for the forthcoming centipede atlas.

The scheme organiser welcomes all records of centipedes.  All records, even those for common species or those that don’t add new ‘dots’ to the maps, are valuable. Records may be submitted on recording cards or in electronic spreadsheets, those accompanied by ecological information are especially welcome.

New contributors to the scheme are most welcome and support and guidance with collection, preservation of specimens and identification will be offered where required.

The scheme organiser is usually happy to check the identity of individual specimens but please do not send large collections of material without prior agreement. (Please ensure that specimens are sent in appropriate containers that will not be damaged or broken in the post.)

The scheme organiser will only normally deal with British material. He may be able to help with some specimens collected in other countries but please do not send these without checking first.