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Black Portuguese millipede

Ommatoiulus moreletii

Description:

Adult black Portuguese millipedes are smooth, 20–45 millimetres (0.8–1.8 in) long and coloured from grey to black. Immature specimens are striped and light brown. O. moreletii hatches from eggs in the soil and reaches maturity in two years.[2] Adult males are periodomorphic, alternating between a sexual and a non-sexual form. In their sexual form, they have gonopods (mating legs) in the seventh body segment, which they lose when they moult in spring. They remain in the non-sexual "eunuch" form until their late summer moult

Habitat:

Ommatoiulus moreletii, commonly known as the black Portuguese millipede, is a herbivorous millipede native to Portugal. This species was accidentally introduced into Australia where it has since become an invasive pest. Since being introduced to Port Lincoln, South Australia in 1953, the millipede has spread to other parts of South Australia Victoria Tasmania Australian Capital Territory southern New South Wales Western Australia around Perth

Notes:

Lacking natural predators in Australia, O. moreletii has flourished to "plague" proportions. They are most often seen in moist conditions, which create an abundance of food. They have been known to enter residences due to their sheer numbers.[4] The millipedes were crushed in great numbers crossing the railway tracks at Tallarook, central Victoria in March 2009, causing train cancellations due to the disturbance of signalling equipment. spotted in my backyard,last 2 photos show the exact place ,a wood log

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Black Portuguese millipede
Ommatoiulus moreletii Ommatoiulus moreletii

7 Comments

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 2 years ago

thanks Ricardo for the id

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 2 years ago

thanks Mayra i'll check out you tip and your spotting :)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 2 years ago

Antonio, in Brazil is called centipede, I have a catch in my album!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 2 years ago

Lamechice de português,sempre a dizer mal do pedaço:) abaraço xará :D
you are rigth,since i join noah i allways been able to se almost every day new things :) we have also a great biodiversity :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

Antonio, you always comment about biodiversity in Brasil, but it seems you have a lot of beautiful critters around you / Antonio, você sempre comenta sobre a biodiversidade no Brasil, mas parece que tu tens um monte de belas criaturas por perto.

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 2 years ago

Thanks Emma

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

well captured!

Braga, Portugal

Lat: 41.55, Long: -8.42

Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jul 19, 2012

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