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Millipede with small worm

Observed: 28th February 2012 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

This millipede might appear to be extruding reddish material from its mouth, having just been in physical contact with a mobile worm-like creature. Is this a known defensive reaction of millipedes? (I can’t quite eliminate the possibility of fortuitous juxtaposition of material from the background surface).

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Refugee's picture

Chemical defense

I have seen wildlife shows on TV where they did say that tropical Millipedes do use chemical defense when attacked by predators. I will go for a "yes" on it spitting something at the worm.

Refugee

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Millipede

Thanks for the replies

Lloyd9632's picture

Can't argue

with the above apart from the extrusion seems not to be from the mouth but the other end

Lloyd