Allajulus nitidus (Verhoeff, 1891) 
This is a widespread, but uncommon Millipede across the UK and for approximately 50 years, was only known from Nottinghamshire on the basis of two Attenborough NR records in 1967 and 1970 (Evans, M.). Somehow we'd missed these records when compiling our Atlas of Nottinghamshire Millipedes a few years ago. The one pictured below, was one of two found underneath Heather growing over a sandstone bank at Rainworth Heath in early October 2020.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Allajulus nitidus 
 
A difficult species to identify, but the pointed projection on the upper margin of the last body segment and general lack of colouration, are good pointers to identification.
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated October 2020

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