Tachypodoiulus niger is easily recognisable thanks to its white legs contrasting against its very shiny black, narrow trunk.
It can vary in size from 15-39mm long.
This black millipede is sometimes known as the white-legged snake millipede, thanks to its striking white legs. It coils into a defensive spiral when it feels threatened.
Tachypodoiulus niger walking on moss.© Stemonitis
A close up of the white legs of Tachypodoiulus niger.© Alan Hadley
Close up of the head of Tachypodoiulus niger.© Alan Hadley
Soil Biodiversity Group
Tachpodoiulus niger came to my attention during the many field trips I organise for the Soil Biodiversity Group. Because of its characteristic contrasting colouring it is very simple to identify in the field which can be very satisfying! It is also easy to teach others who may well see it in their own gardens.