Cryptops cf hispanus Brolemann, 1920


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. 

This species is closely related to C. hispanus Brolemann, 1920 and may belong to that species. It bears a superficial similarity to C. hortensis, but, among other subtle characters, lacks the pre-femoral groove characteristic of that species. 

A description, with figures, is given by Lewis (2011).

Distribution and Habitat

A single specimen was collected from a heated glasshouse at Singleton Park, Swansea in 2011.  C. hortensis and C. parisi were also collected from the same site (Lewis, 2011).


Lewis, J.G.E. (2011) The Cryptops species from a Welsh greenhouse collected by I.K. Morgan with a description of a problematic specimen of a species new to the British Isles (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha: Cryptopidae).  Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group, 25: 39-43. 

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