Strigamia crassipes (C.L. Koch, 1835)
GB IUCN status: Least Concern
The genus Strigamia are relatively robust darkly pigmented (reddish brown) centipedes which are readily recognised by the presence of a prominent tooth at the base of the poison claw. The large widely scattered coxal pores of the last legs are also distinctive of the genus.
Strigamia crassipes has 49 to 53 leg pairs, which readily distinguishes it from the other inland species, S. acuminata. However, this species is very similar in appearance to the coastal S. maritima, only differing in subtle morphological characters.
More information to allow accurate identification is given in the published identification keys by Tony Barber (2008 & 2009).
Strigamia crassipes is mainly recorded from southern England and Wales and southern Ireland, with isolated records elsewhere.
Although typically found in woodland, it has also been recorded from other habitats including grassland and scrub. It is rarely found in large numbers. It is often found under stones and dead wood, etc, but also in pitfall traps.
This account is based on the 'Centipede Atlas' (Barber, 2022).