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  • Millipede - (Eurymerodesmus spp.)

    Millipede - (Eurymerodesmus spp.)

    Millipedes live in the dark, moist places of the earth, searching for food and hiding from view.

    Staff Writer (1/24/2014): Millipedes differ from centipedes in that their legs are paired in each body segment (except for the first three). Centipedes have only one leg per body segment. Millipedes come in a variety of colors. Some have flatter bodies, while others are very tubular. Certain species are even toxic. Most coil up when threatened to protect their legs. They have tiny holes, called spiracles, on the sides of their body that allow them to breathe moist air.

    Millipedes eat a variety of things. Their appetite for dead plant matter, fungi and insects help keep nutrients from these sources cycling through the food web. Millipedes usually search for food at night and prefer to remain in dark places.

    Females lay their fertilized eggs in mounds of their own feces. Newly hatched Millipedes are shorter than adults, but they will add more segments after each molt.

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    Category: Millipede
    Common name: Millipede
    Scientific Name: Eurymerodesmus spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Diplopoda
         Order: Polydesmida
          Family: Eurymerodesmidae
           Genus: Eurymerodesmus
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 6mm to 130mm (0.24in to 5.12in)

    Identifying Colors: black, brown, red, ivory, white

    Additional Descriptors: legs, plates, segments, worm, ridges

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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