Brachyiulus lusitanus Verhoeff, 1898


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)

ID Difficulty


First noted in Britain in 2010 this millipede is identical in appearance to the common Brachyiulus pusillus. Only mature males can be separated from this (and B. bagnalli, which may be found in Britain?). Immatures and females cannot be identified.

A brief description, with figures, is provided by Gregory (2021).

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Distribution and Habitat

Currently only known from the Eden Project, Cornwall, where it was first recorded in the gardens (Outdoor Biome) by Helen Read in association with B. pusillus (Barber, Gregory & Lee, 2010) and subsequently inside the Mediterranean Biome (Gregory, 2021).  

However, this species may be overlooked elsewhere at other synanthropic sites, such as garden centres. 


Barber, T., Gregory, S. & Lee, P. (2010)  Reports on the 2009 BMIG spring meeting in Cornwall. Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group. 24: 65-74.

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