APHELORIA MILLIPEDE

Apheloria virginiensis corrugata

 (Xystodesmidae)


Description
This large millipede, which has no accepted common name, grows up to 2 inches long and was identified to sub-species with the help of volunteers at BugGuide. The yellow lateral stripes help to identify this millipede. The paired legs differentiate millipedes from centipedes, which do not have paired legs. 

Occurrence
The abundance of this millipede in Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods is not yet known because it is seldom seen. It spends most of its time under ground or under leaf litter.

Comments
When handled or when otherwise threatened, this millipede exudes a cyanide compound, which is highly poisonous. 



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