Lithobius variegatus (Leach, 1814)
Another of the difficult to identify Centipede. Lithobius variegatus is usually found under dead branches and logs. Pines in March 2013. L. variegatus has a more westerly bias to it's UK distribution. Less 'clean' looking than most other Lithobius species, there are indistinct lilac markings on the abdominal tergites (segments) and legs, but good 'in the field' guides, are the clear annulations in leg colouration and that this species tends to remain still when disturbed. We have records from Lound Wood in early 2012 (the first Nottinghamshire record in over a century) and a second at Sherwood Pines in March 2013.
Leg markings of Lithobius variegatus (left) and Lithobius forficatus (right)
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Lithobius variegatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tony Barber. Derek Whiteley. Wil Heeney. NBGRC. Meg Skinner.

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 2019

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