Schendyla peyerimhoffi Brölemann & Ribaut, 1911


  • GB IUCN status: Near Threatened
  • GB rarity status: Nationally Rare

ID Difficulty


Schendyla species are small pallid centipedes typically with conspicuously swollen last legs that lack claws and bear two large coxal pores at the base of each. 

Schendyla peyerimhoffi is a small straw coloured centipede (to 18 mm) with between 39-49 leg pairs. It is similar in appearance to the common S. nemorensis, but differs in the shape of the last pair of legs (short metatarsus in the coastal S. peyerimhoffi). 

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

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Thomas Hughes
Thomas Hughes


Schendyla peyerimhoffi is an exclusively coastal species, mainly in South-west England, south Wales and the south coast of Ireland.  There are isolated records further north from Anglesey and Isle of Man. 


It typically occurs under stones on muddy shores, in rock crevices, etc.

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

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