Dicellophilus carniolensis (C.L. Koch, 1847)


GB IUCN status: Not assessed (non-native)

ID Difficulty


In Mecistocephalid centipedes the head is elongated being noticeably much longer than wide, leaving the forciples clearly visible when viewed from above. 

Dicellophilus carniolensis is a large reddish-yellow species (to 60 mm), always with 43 leg pairs.

More information to allow accurate identification is given in the published identification keys (Barber, 2008 & 2009).

Distribution and Habitat

The handful of British records for this introduced species are pre-1964 and from tropical glasshouses in Scotland and northern England. There have been no subsequent records and it is possible that the original records are mis-identified. This species is native to central Europe. 

This account is based on the 'Centipede Atlas' (Barber, 2022).


Barber, A.D. (2022) Atlas of the centipedes of Britain and Ireland. Telford, FSC Publications

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