Lamyctes africanus (Porat, 1871)
Lamyctes are small centipedes with 15 leg pairs (fewer in larval stages) and look very similar to Lithobius.
Lamyctes africanus is very similar in appearance to Lamyctes emarginatus, but differs (among other characters) in that the antennae typically have c. 28-29 articles (vs c. 25 in L. emarginatus) and in the forcipular coxosternite having 2+2 teeth (vs 3+3 teeth).
Distribution and Habitat
This species was collected by Charles Rawcliffe from glasshouses at the RBG Edinburgh in 1986 and identified as Lamyctes africanus by E.H. (Ted) Eason (Barber, 1992).
There were no subsequent records from Britain or Ireland until the species was re-discovered in December 2021 when a colony was found inside a plant propagator inside a house in northern England (Gregory & Garnham, 2022). Subsequently specimens were recorded from a garden centre in Essex (BMIG Newsletter 47, 2023, pg 9) suggesting that it may be spread further afield via the horticultural trade.
This species is not included within the published identification keys by Tony Barber (2008 & 2009) and it is very likely to have been overlooked elsewhere in Britain or Ireland.
Barber, A.D. (1992) Distribution and Habitat in British Centipedes (Chilopoda). Ber.nat.med.Verein Innsbruck Suppl.10: 339-57.