Guernsey Wildlife &

Nature Photography


Centipedes of Guernsey


Myriapods include the Centipedes and Millipedes as well as Symphylas and Pauropods, the latter two being very difficult to identify with confidence due to a lack of material.


Guernsey has quite a selection of Centipedes and Millipedes with some continental influence as will be set out below. The climate in Guernsey also appears to allow some species to thrive outside where in more northern climes they are restricted to heated greenhouses and similar environments.


I originally intended to include all centipedes and millipedes on the same page, but as I started to input data, I realsed there were more species than I remembered so have since decided to split the pages to Millipedes and Centipedes.


The current Guernsey lists consist of the following species:


Centipedes (Chilopoda):

  • Stigmatogaster subterraneus
  • Hydroschendyla submarina (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Schendyla nemorensis
  • Schendyla peyerimhoffi (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Strigamia maritima
  • Geophilus carpophagus
  • Geophilus easoni
  • Geophilus electricus (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Geophilus fucorum (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Geophilus osquidatum (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Geophilus pusillifrater (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Geophilus flavus
  • Geophilus truncorum
  • Pachymerium ferrugineum
  • Cryptops anomalans
  • Cryptops hortensis
  • Lithobius borealis (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Lithobius forficatus
  • Lithobius melanops
  • Lithobius microps
  • Lithobius muticus (no photo – not found it myself)
  • Lithobius pilicornis
  • Lithobius variegatus
  • Scutigera coleoptrata

I have added photographs below of the species I have found, a few of the species recorded in Guernsey in the past continue to evade me but I will add my own photographs when I manage to locate a specimen for photography.


Stigmatogaster subterraneus

Schendyla nemorensis

Strigamia maritima

Geophilus carpophagus

Geophilus easoni

Geophilus flavus

Geophilus truncorum

Pachymerium ferrugineum

Cryptops anomalans

Cryptops hortensis

Lithobius forficatus

Lithobius melanops

Lithobius microps

Lithobius pilicornis

Lithobius variegatus

Scutigera coleoptrata