Wednesday 29 September 2010

White-legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger)

Found this Millipede while I was out feeding the chickens this morning.  There are apparently around 60 species of Millipedes in Britain, with 43 in Scotland (plus a couple which can only survive in glass houses). I think this is probably the white-legged snake millipede Tachypodoiulus niger, which is very common, but millipedes are difficult to identify without a university degreee in millipede ID, a handy electron microscope and an interest in the close examination of the anus areas of Diplopodae.  I have none of those things.


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