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Flat-backed Millipede - Pleuroloma (Pleuroloma flavipes)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Flat-backed Millipede - Pleuroloma

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Wide and stout, Flat-backed Millipedes have shallow profiles making it easier to live in narrow spaces.

Updated: 03/23/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Flat-backed Millipedes have many legs and a broad body. They are also known as Keeled Millipedes, likely for the flat side projections from each segment. These edges may be yellow, orange, or ivory. The millipede may be dark brown, black, or reddish brown. Colors vary per individual. The are often found under leaf litter and stones. Occasionally, groups of them migrate across forest floors and fields. They may be handled carefully and admired often.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers


Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Diplopoda
      Order: Polydesmida
        Family: Xystodesmidae
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          Genus: Pleuroloma
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            Species: flavipes
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Pleuroloma flavipes
Category: Millipede
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 40mm (0.39" to 1.57")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; yellow; orange
Descriptors: yellow legs; leaf litter; thick; wide; tips

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 40mm (1.6in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 25mm
Hi: 40mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Flat-backed Millipede - Pleuroloma may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Flat-backed Millipede - Pleuroloma. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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