Lithobius tenebrosus Meinert, 1872


Lithobius nigrifrons (Latzel & Haase, 1880)


  • GB IUCN status: Data Deficient
  • GB rarity status: Nationally Rare

ID Difficulty


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

Lithobius tenebrosus is one of five 'smaller species' with 2 + 2 forcipular teeth that have backward projections on tergites 9, 11 and 13 that can be confused with the common L. melanops. It differs (among other subtle characters) in having a a single claw on the last leg (L. melanops has an ‘accessory claw’).

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

Distribution and Habitat

The only recent record for Lithobius tenebrosus is from mid-Wales in the 1980s. This was found in a crevice 10m up a sea cliff. 

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

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