Cryptops doriae Pocock, 1891


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)

ID Difficulty


The genus Cryptops is readily recognisable due to the presence of 21 leg pairs (all other British and Irish centipedes have 15 pairs or at least 35 pairs). However species identification is difficult. 

Cryptops doriae is a small pale species up to 13mm in length. It is distinguished from other Cryptops recorded in Britain by the presence of a ‘tooth’ on the femur of the last leg (arrowed in image to right), in addition to the usual tibial and tarsal saw teeth.

A description, with figures, is given by Lewis (2007).

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Distribution and Habitat

Cryptops doriae was first recorded from Eden Project (Rainforest Biome), Cornwall (Lewis, 2007), where it has been collected from among accumulations of leaf-litter on several occasions since. 

Elsewhere is is known outdoors from various locations across the tropics. 


Lewis, J.G.E. (2007) On Crytops droriae Pocock, from the wet tropical biome of the Eden project, Cornwall (Chilopoda, Scolopendromorpha, Cryptopidae). Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group, 22: 12-16.

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