Lithobius lucifugus L. Koch, 1862


Lithobius (Lithobius) lucifugus L. Koch, 1862


  • GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)
  • GB rarity status: Naturalised

ID Difficulty


Lithobius is a difficult genus and at least 17 species are known from Britain and Ireland.

Lithobius lucifugus is one of seven 'smaller species' with 2 + 2 forcipular teeth that lack backward projections on tergites 9, 11 and 13. This is a light brown medium sized species (to 17 mm body length). 

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

Steve Gregory

Distribution and Habitat

First recorded from Edinburgh in 1989 (Barber, 1995), Lithobius lucifugus is known from a handful of coastal sites in Scotland, all associated with human activity, such as kirkyards and greenhouses.

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

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