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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Stigmatogaster souletina

Range & Status

(syn. Nesoporogaster souletina subsp. brevior ). Status: Insufficiently known. Possibly

introduced but a distinct form well established in a natural habitat. A form, Nesoporogaster souletina subsp. brevior was described by E.H. Eason (1962) from a Cornish site and has more recently been found at a nearby Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) woodland reserve. The nominate form was from the former Yugoslavia area. There are no other NW European records. The species resembles the common Stigmatogaster subterranea ( Haplophilus subterraneus ) with which it may be easily confused in the field and which occurs in the same locality but it has more segments (93-101 leg pairs, more than any other British centipede). It is up to 7cm long and has characteristic pits on the anterior sternites.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.