Geophilus carpophagus (Leach, 1814)
Geophilus carpophagus has frequently been confused with Geophilus easoni in the past, and only recently have the two been considered to be separate species (Arthur, et al 2001). There is a previous Nottinghamshire record from Bunny Old Wood, but the recorder is unknown and G. carpophagus is not regarded as being a woodland species, favouring more urban locations where it can be found under loose mortar and brickwork on the walls of buildings etc. However, in May 2016, we found a specimen of G. carpophagus near Kirton, under the bark of a section of felled tree, being used to block a field entrance. These specimens in the top four photographs, were found on the walls of Sookholme Church in April 2015 and represented the first confirmed record of this Centipede in Nottinghamshire. The purple individual in the lower four photographs, really was as purple as shown in the photographs.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Geophilus carpophagus
 
Geophilus carpophagus habitat at Sookholme Church. The two examples in the top four photographs, were located under loose mortar at eye level, to the right of the south-west facing doorway.
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated November 2017

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