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20110604_6 NH842999 millipedes

Observed: 4th June 2011 By: Helen Mainwood
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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20110604_1 NH842999 Millipedes
20110604_1 NH842999 Millipedes 1
20110604_1 NH842999 Millipedes 1 2

Not sure whether these are both millipedes or not. Found in pot traps in garden.

    Likely ID
    millipedes sp.
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Both millipedes!

The long thin one is a snake millipede and the short wide one is a flat-backed millipede.

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Many thanks for the id's on the millipedes. Do you happen to know the latin names for them or are those types of which there is more than one species?

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There are many different

There are many different species of each and usually they need to be examined with a microscope to identify properly. Snake millipedes are the family Julidae and flat-backed millipedes are the family Polydesmidae. Collectively millipedes are Diplopoda and you could put this as an id for both or else repost the two types separately and see if anyone else can offer a better id.