Strigamia maritima (Leach, 1817)


GB IUCN status: Least Concern

ID Difficulty


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 maritima is very similar in appearance to the inland S. crassipes, but differs in subtle morphological characters and, characteristically, in it's seashore habitat.

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

J.P. Richards
Tony Barber
Keith Lugg
Keith Lugg
Andy Marquis
Warren Maguire


Strigamia maritima is an exclusively coastal species, occurring near the high water mark, around the entire coastline of Britain (including Orkney and Shetland) and Ireland. 


It is often numerous when found in shingle, but also under stones and in rock crevices.

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

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