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AIDGAP pair: Centipedes & Woodlice

Special offer for June 2021: get two AIDGAP guides for just £15.00.

Centipedes AIDGAP

FSC Centipedes AIDGAP is an identification guide to all 57 species of centipede in Britain.

The guide includes 7 species that only occur in greenhouses. It includes dichotomous and tabular keys backed up by concise confirmatory notes.

Centipedes are some of the commonest larger arthropods in greenhouses, sheds, gardens, waste ground, woodland, moorland and coastal habitats. But the standard key (Eason, 1964) is now out of date and out of print. This key includes the additional ten species discovered during the last 40 years.

Woodlice AIDGAP

FSC Woodlice AIDGAP is an identification guide to the 35 species of woodlice that breed outdoors in Britain and Ireland.

Illustrated throughout with line drawings plus 16 colour plates. Also included are species descriptions, covering distribution and natural history.

Woodlice are among the most familiar of animals. The beneficial effects of these crustaceans far outweigh any damage that they do. In the leaf litter of deciduous woods, and on compost heaps, woodlice perform a vital role. They chew dead plants into small fragments, and deposit these as faecal pellets which decompose rapidly. Thus the feeding activities of woodlice speed up the decomposition process and help return essential nutrients to the soil.

These two guides are part of the FSC’s AIDGAP series (Aids to Identification in Difficult Groups of Animals and Plants). Our AIDGAP guides are accessible identification keys, suitable for non-specialists from age 16+. As with all guides in the series, the Centipedes and Woodlice AIDGAPs underwent extensive testing before publication, by beginners and specialists alike.