Centipedes and millipedes are arthropods. They form the group known as myriapods. They are usually long and thin with noticeably more than 6 or 8 legs and usually more than 15 pairs.
Centipedes usually move quite fast and they prey on smaller invertebrates in the soil and soil surface. Millipedes generally move more slowly along the soil surface and feed on decaying wood and vegetation.
Centipedes are important predators of soil invertebrates. Millipedes contribute to soil quality and fertility by decomposing decaying organic matter. Few species are significant plant pests.
Centipedes - Number of UK species: 55
Millipedes - Number of UK species: 62
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