J.-J. Geoffroy & E. Iorio


Jean-Jacques Geoffroy MNHN, Département Ecologie & Gestion de la Biodiversité,
UMR 7179 du CNRS, 4 avenue du Petit Château, 91800 Brunoy, France;

Etienne Iorio Attaché au Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
(MNHN, Département Systématique & Evolution).
Résidence ‘le Blue Line’ bât. C, 67 Avenue Estienne d’Orves, 06000 Nice, France;


The French centipede fauna (Chilopoda): updated checklist and distribution in mainland France, Corsica and Monaco


A revised and updated list of the centipedes (Chilopoda) of metropolitan France is given. 145 taxa are recorded from the country (1 Scutigeromorpha, 69 Lithobiomorpha, 9 Scolopendromorpha, 66 Geophilomorpha) although the validity and/or the presence of 8 of these taxa in France remains doubtful. Presence in mainland France, Corsica and Monaco is reported, and the distribution of each taxon in France is briefly quoted as well as special features such as endemism, highly halophilous/halobiontic species and highly troglophilous/troglobitic taxa. Some species potentially present in the studied area are also mentioned, being very likely to be found in the very near future.


biodiversity, Chilopoda, France, inventory, taxonomy