Myriapoda

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Ommatoiulus moreletii (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: J. Coelho
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Myriapoda - (millipedes)

The group of millipedes is widely distributed and contains more than 15,000 species which typically feed on debris like leaf litter. They are snake-like arthropods with many legs, sometimes more than 500.

A few species are regarded as agricultural, storage or nuisance pests. For example, the Portuguese millipede, Ommatoiulus moreletii, has been accidentally introduced into Australia and into several other regions outside its native distribution area of southern Europe. In the invaded areas it can become a nuisance pest invading houses in large numbers.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Tausendfüßer
• English: millipedes
• Français: mille-pattes





Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: