Spirobolid millipede Click to enlarge image
Spirobolid millipede, order Spirobolida Image: Jiri Lochman/Lochman Transparen
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Order
    Spirobolida
    Subclass
    Helminthomorpha
    Class
    Diplopoda
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    20 cm

Introduction

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

Identification

The body of spirobolid millipedes is usually well rounded.

Habitat

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

Distribution

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

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.