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Australiosomatini sp. (tribe)

Millipede at Kosciuszko National Park

Australiosomatini sp. (tribe) at Kosciuszko National Park - 25 Mar 2017
Australiosomatini sp. (tribe) at Kosciuszko National Park - 25 Mar 2017
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Identification history

Australiosomatini sp. (tribe) 20 Jul 2017 michaelb
Australiosomatini sp. (tribe) 20 Jul 2017 michaelb
Unidentified 18 Jul 2017 MattM

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Author's notes

It was a while ago, but I think this millipede was maybe 7cm long? It was pretty big.

3 comments

michaelb wrote:
   20 Jul 2017
I asked Dr Robert Mesibov to help ID this one. His reply was:
"The big Kosciuszko millipede is family Paradoxosomatidae, subfamily Australisomatinae, tribe Australiosomatini. The image doesn't allow me to ID it any further, and of course for a species-level ID I need an adult male! Interestingly, most of the Paradoxosomatidae in the high country (Kosciuszko into Vic) are fairly big animals."
MattM wrote:
   20 Jul 2017
I can imagine. I saw some very big spiders in burrows - they had to be eating something...
michaelb wrote:
   21 Jul 2017
Millipedes are toxic to eat I believe, and deter predators in this way.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 25 Mar 2017 03:39 PM Recorded on
  • MattM Recorded by

Additional information

  • 50mm or larger Animal size

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