Crested Millipedes have grooves and ridges, setting them apart from the more well-known 'armored' millipedes found under rocks and stones.
Millipedes have a pair of legs on either side of their body segments. Though the density is high, millipedes have far fewer than 1,000 legs. This particular genus has brown legs and a brown body. The brown may be darker in some species and lighter in others. The number of body segments can range between 40-60. What all Crested Millipedes share, though, are crests, or raised areas, on their segments which are followed by grooves. This creates a bumpy, textured body that looks a lot less like armor plating and more like leather.
Many millipedes are known to produce chemicals that are off-putting and help deter predators. Gently touching one may release faint or strong traces of the chemical depending on the millipede. This genus has this aromatic capability and the substance it secretes is p-cresol, a derivative of phenol. A behavioral defense the millipede often employs is curling up, which tucks in vulnerable body parts. Look for Crested Millipedes under leaf litter, rocks, and wood.
Scientific Name: Abacion spp.
Descriptors: worm-like; ridges; many legs; red stripe
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