Rhinotus purpureus (Pocock, 1894)

Common name

'Purple Womble Millipede'


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)

ID Difficulty


A small millipede (to 8mm in length) characteristic appearance - a pinkish-purple colour with a tiny pointed head bearing two large black ocelli.

A description of this species, with figures, is given by Read (2008).

J.P. Richards
J.P. Richards
J.P. Richards
J.P. Richards

Distribution and Habitat

An introduced species first recorded from the Tropical Rainforest Biome at Eden Project, Cornwall, in 2003 (Read, 2008). In 2016 it was also found inside tropical glasshouses at RHS Wisley Gardens (Lee et al., 2019)


Read, H.J. (2008) Records of millipedes from Kew gardens and the Eden Project, including descriptions of three species. Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group 23: 27-35.

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