The Centipedes Synopsis covers the entire British list. The guide include illustrated keys to the four orders and to 61 species. Also included are those species which only occur within heated buildings. Accompanying text provides detailed taxonomic notes on the 10 families and 18 genera.

Besides the insects, centipedes (Class Chilopoda) are some of the commonest larger arthropods of gardens, waste ground, woodland, grassland and moorland.

Synopses of the British Fauna is a series of identification guides. Each volume in the series provides a detailed account of a group of animals. They bridge the gap between standard field guides and the more specialised monograph or treatise. Since 1993 the the Field Studies Council has published these guides on behalf of the Linnean Society.

These volumes are suitable for the lab or field. The editors aim to keep them as user friendly as possible. However the complexity of the subject matter makes the books more suitable for the more experienced practitioner.