Seasonal fluctuations in the protozoan parasites of the centipedes Lithobius variegatusand Lithobius forficatus in a Yorkshire woodland


  • *Zoology Department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.


The seasonal variation in percentage parasitization and in the average number of individuals of Echinomera spp. in Lithobius forficatus and L. variegatus is described and discussed. It is suggested that infection by Echinomera hispida may account for the low numbers of L.forficatus in damp woodlands.

Coccidia occur only in L. variegatusand the incidence of metazoan parasites is very low.