Bristly Millipede Polyxenus lagurus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Most Millipedes and Centipedes are extremely difficult to identify to species level, but this tiny Millipede is distinctive despite its 3mm length. Found on stone walls, Churches etc, our initial research showed no modern Nottinghamshire records of Polyxenus lagurus, more commonly known as the Bristly Millipede. No records are listed by the British Myriapod and Isopod Group, but the NBN Gateway lists records for Attenborough NR in 1967 and 1970 (Evans, M.) and we believe that it has been found there more recently. J.W. Carr in his book "The Invertebrate Fauna of Nottinghamshire" published in 1916, cited records from Beeston, South Leverton (Thornley) Cottam and Worksop. This is obviously a grossly under-recorded species and is probably found throughout Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Polyxenus lagurus
Polyxenus lagurus habitat at Church Warsop. Several specimens of varying sizes (some only 1mm long) were found underneath a small piece of loose mortar on the wall in the foreground.
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. NBN Gateway. Meg Skinner. Wil Heeney. Martin Gray. Brian Wetton.

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 January 2024

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