Animal Species:Spirobolid millipedes

Spirobolid millipedes grow to large sizes with some reaching 20 cm.

Spirobolid millipede

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Standard Common Name

Spirobolid millipedes

Identification

The body of spirobolid millipedes is usually well rounded.

Size range

20 cm

Distribution

Spirobolid millipedes are found in eastern Australia in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (most species are found worldwide in the tropics).

Habitat

Spirobolid millipedes are found in moist areas, especially under logs and in leaf litter.

Feeding and Diet

Spirobolid millipedes feed on the soft parts of plants and decaying vegetation.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Like other millipedes, spirobolid millipedes have defensive chemicals that, although not poisonous to humans, may stain the skin.

Classification

Order:
Spirobolida
Subclass:
Helminthomorpha
Class:
Diplopoda
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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