Online Publications

A number of old texts are available online as scanned pdf files.

Biological Records Centre Provisional Atlases

Provisional atlas of the centipedes of the British Isles (Barber & Keay, 1988). 127pp.
Preliminary atlas of the millipedes of the British Isles (British Myriapod Group, 1988). 65pp.
Woodlice in Britain and Ireland: distribution and habitat (Harding & Sutton, 1985). 151pp.
Provisional atlas of the crustacea of the British Isles. Part 1 Isopoda:Oniscoidea - Woodlice. (Harding, 1976). 50pp.

Faune de France

Many of the earlier volumes of the Fauna de France series are now available online to download free in pdf format. The complete list can be found at:

This includes:

Brolemann (1932) Faune de France 25 - Centipedes

Brolemann (1935) Faune de France 29 - Millipedes, part 1

[Unfortunately, Millipedes, part 2, was never published]

Vandel (1960) Faune de France 64 - Woodlice, part 1

Vandel (1962) Faune de France 66 - Woodlice, part 2, has yet to be scanned.


Cloporteweb - the Woodlice of France

Information for those who wish to expand their woodlousing into continental Europe (text in French): 

World Catalog (checklist) and Bibliography of Woodlice (Isopoda: Oniscidea)

The two PDF-files are available for download, which represent revised and updated versions (to 2004) of the following hard-copy publications:
SCHMALFUSS, H. & WOLF-SCHWENNINGER, K. (2002): A bibliography of terrestrial isopods (Crustacea, Isopoda, Oniscidea). – Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, Serie A, Nr. 639: 120 pp.; Stuttgart.
SCHMALFUSS, H. (2003): World catalog of terrestrial isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea). – Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, Serie A, Nr. 654: 341 pp.; Stuttgart.
Note: The curent World list of Isopoda (including woodlice and waterlice) is is maintained by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History -

ChiloBase - World Catalogue (checklist) of Centipedes 

'ChiloBase' is intended to be a catalogue of all known centipedes (Chilopoda) of the world. It is an electronic database, publicly and freely available at:

ChiloKey - Interactive Key to European Centipedes

'ChiloKey' is a matrix-based, interactive key to all 179 species of Geophilomorpha (Chilopoda) recorded from Europe. It is intended to assist in identification of subadult and adult specimens, by means of microscopy and simple dissection techniques whenever necessary.

The key is freely available through the web at: or