Lithobius forficatus (Linné, 1758)
A very common and large Centipede. At Sherwood Forest, Lithobius forficatus is found underneath virtually every single log you can turn over. In 2012, while surveying for Glow Worm larvae, a very faint (point source) glow, barely visible to the naked eye was seen on the edge of a forest track at Clipstone Old Quarter. Expecting to find a small Glow Worm larva, we were surprised to find a Lithobius forficatus in the torchlight, so these must have some ability to produce bioluminescence. The lower right photograph shows the sharply angled tergites 9, 11 and 13.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Lithobius forficatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tony Barber. British Myriapod and Isopod Group. Meg Skinner. Darren Matthews. Derek Whiteley. Paul Richards. NBGRC. Darren Matthews.

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Updated January 2019

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