Millipede and fungus

A Flat-Backed Millipede, Polydesmus denticulatus (Diplopoda - Polydesmida - Polydesmidae), and fruiting bodies of the Common Grey Disco fungus, Mollisia cinerea (Ascomycota - Ascomycetes - Heliotales - Dermateaceae), found under a stack of rotting wood.

Both are very common in Europe.

Photo credit ©André De Kesel

Locality: unknown (Europe)

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“Python Millipede” (Nyssodesmus python)

Also known as the large forest-floor millipede, the python millipede is a large species of Platyrhacid flat-backed millipede that is known to occur in Costa Rica, where it s fairly common in the Caribbean slopes from sea level to around 365 (1,200 feet) in elevation. Nyssodesmus python individuals can grow quite large for polydesmids with some individuals reaching lengths of up to 10 cm (4 inches). 


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Image: D. Gordon E. Robertson


Order Polydesmida - Flat-backed Millipedes - Apheloria virginiensis  - Female- 30mm

The largest millipede order, and the only one that produces cyanide as a defense.

Caution: Many millipedes with bright color patterns secrete a compound containing cyanide. Wash your hands after handling them and do not allow children to pick them up.

Information from :BugGuide

Genus: Eutrichodesmus

Eutrichodesmus is a reasonably sized genus ( ~30 spp.) of Haplodesmid millipedes which occur throughout parts of Asia. Like other members of the family Haplodesmidae, members of Eutrichodesmus are noted for having elaborate growths on their tergites (the dorsal portion of their exoskeletons). E. aster shown above shows this trait exceptionally. 



Image: Sergei Golovatch, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy, Jean-Paul Mauriès, Didier VandenSpiegel