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"Giant African Millipede" (Archispirostreptus gigas)

…a large species of Spirostreptid millipede that occurs in parts of eastern Africa, ranging from Mozambique to Kenya. A. gigas is one of the largest millipedes known with individuals growing to lengths of 15 inches. Like other (smaller) millipedes A. gigas is a detritivore and will eat decaying matter. When threatened A. gigas will either curl into a spiral or secrete an liquid which will irritate the skin and can be harmful if introduced into the eyes or mouth.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Myriapoda-Diplopoda-Spirostreptida-Spirostreptidae-Archispirotreptus-A. gigas

Images: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen and Bernard DUPONT

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