A large, normally yellowish, species reaching 60 mm (or more). The large number of leg pairs (77 to 83) and the numerous, easily visible, pores on both ventral and dorsal surfaces of the coxae of the last legs (see image to right) are characteristic of this species (and also Haplophilus souletinus, which has more than 93 leg pairs).
The uncommon Stenotaenia linearis is of similar appearence and leg count (up to 81 pairs), but the coxal pores are indistinct. In addition Henia vesuviana and Geophilus electricus can have more than 70 leg pairs.
Distribution and Habitat
Although found commonly throughout Britain and Ireland, this species is most abundant in the south and west.