Thalassisobates littoralis, Seil Island, Scotland. Photograph copyright Tony Barber
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Class PAUROPODA

These are small blind myriapods, generally only about 0.5 – 1.5 mm long with 8 to 11 leg bearing segments in the adult (typically 9 or 10) and short biramous antennae. About 500 species have been described altogether in five families of which 5 species are reported from seashores in Europe. These are not necessarily exclusively littoral; Amphipauropus rhenatus has been recorded from sand dunes near the sea.

The total number of littoral species in world must be much greater but impossible to estimate (? 40+); These are elusive animals and are not often found by standard sampling techniques and in the field may confused at first with Collembola by non-specialists. Possibly there are some as yet undescribed seashore species in collections.

N.B. Allopauropus littoralis & A. stepheni appear to be nomina dubia (Ulf Scheller, pers. comm.)

Allopauropus danicus (Hansen, 1901)
Habitat: Littoral zone but also from non-coastal sites.
Scotland
    = Pauropus danicus Hansen, 1903 (basionym) 
  
Amphipauropus rhenanus (Hüther, 1971)
Habitat: Sand dunes near the sea.
Scandinavia
    = Allopauropus rhenanus Huther, 1971 
    = Cauvetauropus rhenanus Hüther, 1971 (basionym) 
  
Decapauropus kocheri (Remy, 1954)
Mediterranean Sea
  
Decapauropus milloti (Remy, 1954)
Mediterranean Sea
    = Allopauropus milloti Remy, 1954 (synonymy) 
  
Decapauropus remyi (Bagnall, 1935)
Scotland; Norway
    = Allopauropus remyi (Bagnall, 1935) (synonymy) 
  
Decapauropus thalassophilus (Remy, 1935)
Habitat: Littoral
North East Atlantic; Mediterranean Sea
  


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