Lithobius peregrinus Latzel, 1880


Lithobius (Lithobius) peregrinus Latzel, 1880


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)

ID Difficulty


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

Lithobius peregrinus is one of five large brown Lithobius (to 25 mm in this species) with >4 + >4 forcipular teeth and strong projections on tergites 9, 11 and 13. It is not possible to reliably identify specimens in the field and it is easily over-looked as the ubiquitous L. forficatus. Identification is confirmed by the presence of the diagnostic spine 15 VaC on the coxae of the last legs (as seen in L. piceus).

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

Distribution and Habitat

It was well established in the town centre of Sheerness, Kent, but now possibly lost through development. 

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

BRC code