Red-winged Dragon Millipedes (Desmoxytes sp., Paradoxosomatidae, Diplopoda)

A departure from the regular insects and arachnids -

Desmoxytes, whose species are commonly known as the dragon millipedes, is a genus of millipede found in southeast Asia. At least twenty-four species are known from southeastern China to Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Several species have only recently been discovered and some have yet to be officially described.
Generally, species in this genus are striking in colouration and unique for their spiny, sculptured and ornamented dorsums, and elaborate paranota (the lateral spines). Some also have the ability to produce hydrogen cyanide to ward off predators, which can give the dragon millipedes an almondlike smell.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede (Desmoxytes purpurosea)

….is a brightly colored species of flat-backed millipede endemic to Thailand. Discovered in 2007 this colorful millipede was found amound the leaf litter in a limestone cavern. As with most colorful animals this species is highly toxic and it produces hydrogen cyanide to protect itself from predators. They also smell like almonds.



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