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Sep 4, 2011 10:31 PM

Jet-black millipede in the house

I found this little black millipede in the shower basin, quite active with no lines or obvious features other than its small size and shiny black cuticle.

I failed to identify it online. I am sure I have seen it before, so I suppose it is relatively common. Location: 868 feet above sea level in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

Suggestions much appreciated!


Christopher Spry

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      Oct 8, 2011 7:13 PM (in response to Christopher Spry)
      Re: Jet-black millipede in the house

      I wouldn't call it anything but Julidae sp. - or perhaps rather Julida sp. (i.e. on the order-level - as I can't exclude Choeniulus palmatus which belongs to Blaniulidae which differ from Julidae in the arrangement of the ocelli [Julidae in a equilateral triangular field, Blaniulidae in a thin wedge, line - as in C. palmatus - or absent]). Julida are "in principle" impossible to identify without very close studies (especially of ther genitalia).


      And, BTW, it is Tachypodoiulus not Trachypodoiulus.

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