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

This Synopsis of the British Fauna covers the entire British list. Illustrated keys are given to the four orders and to 61 species, including species which have only been found within heated buildings. There are detailed taxonomic notes on the 10 families and 18 genera.