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Millipede unboxing

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by Aquarimax, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnodemon Active Member

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    i recently posted a millipede unboxing. These were from @mickiem. If you have seen her posts, you know how skilled she is with millipedes! I’d have learned a lot from her. Thanks Mickie, I love these little pedelings!

     
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  2. mickiem

    mickiem Arachnoprince Active Member

    Thank you! I hope the Spirostreptus sp. 1 get more popular in the hobby; they are great millipedes!
     
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  3. davehuth

    davehuth Arachnosquire Active Member

    Great video, and a cool looking species!

    I wanted to ask if this is the only species that curls in a globular fashion? My largest millipede is what I have taken previously as a dark brown Orthoporus, but it has never defensively coiled. Even when basking, it only has ever partially wound up, always with one end draped loosely over the edge of a stick or something. For about 2 weeks it has become much less active, tucked away in a back corner of the enclosure curled up into a tight globular ball.

    Does this definitively ID it as Spirostreptus sp. 1?
     
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  4. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Great question, I am afraid I don’t know how widespread this type of coiling is, just that is doesn’t seem to occur as commonly as the normal coil. Does anyone else have millipedes other than Spirostreptus species #1 that do this?
     
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  5. mickiem

    mickiem Arachnoprince Active Member

    I have seen triple coils in other Spirostreptids. I can't think of ever seeing a Spirobolid triple its coils. My species 1 guys don't always triple its coils. I see them often as a 2-D coil. I have bridges made from coir and the Sp. 1 millipedes often hang out there, stretched out or slightly coiled. But it is certainly a "trademark" look for those big globular piles of pedes!
     
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  6. davehuth

    davehuth Arachnosquire Active Member

    So interesting! So it wouldn't be that unusual for Orthoporus (as a Spirostreptid) to glob up sometimes. I see that a quick Google images search on "Orthoporus coil" shows some flat coils, some more 3-dimensional coils, and also plenty of those loose half-coils I see a lot of in mine. Anyway, didn't intend to hijack the thread from Rus's cool video. Thanks very much for the feedback!
     
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  7. Exoskelos

    Exoskelos Arachnosquire Active Member

    That video is great, hope those do well and you can get a colony started. I always like seeing videos of millipedes.

    I've got several very large Narceus sp. and I've seen the globular sort of coiling with them, but only with the longer ones. I think the defensive reaction exhibited might be a result of the size of the millipede, not necessarily by species. Although certain species are more prone to coiling in that manner.

    The Narceus commonly coil in the normal spiral shape, the globular type is much rarer to see, but it does happen sometimes. Maybe not a full spherical triple coil, but I've definitely seen at least a double coil for some of the ones I have on multiple occasions. Not trying to continue the discussion about the coiling, but it is strange that millipedes can have diverse types of defensive coiling reactions. I think I have a paper on it somewhere actually.
     
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  8. Hermes

    Hermes Arachnopeon

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    Love those Neolamprologus multifasciatus in the background, Tanganyikans are my favorite freshwater fish! Used to keep them a few years back but I tore down my tank as I was no longer able to give them the care they deserved to thrive.
     
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  9. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Thank you! I saw one of the young millipedes molting up against the side of the enclosure, I think they may be doing a mass molt.

    ank you!
     
  10. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Good eye, and thank you! My colony reproduced quite prolifically at first, is slowing down now, but there is always something going on in that aquarium. :)
     
  11. Galapoheros

    Galapoheros ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    It looks like you have nice clean setups over there. It's a mess over here because I feel I'm not in the house I want to be in until the end of my time so it's hard to really get after it and fix things up better. I'm getting a little more interested in the native millis here.
     
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  12. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Thank you! What kinds of millipedes do you have in your area? In my area, all the native millipedes are minuscule.
     
  13. 7Fin

    7Fin Arachnoknight

    Great video! God, if I lived in the US I'd be buying from y'all definitely, but I'm fine here in the land of Europe where exotics are in glorious abundance, and where we can buy centrobolus with lunch money.

    Also OH MY GOD THEY GET THAT BIG?! I got a sp.1 a few months ago and she's also pretty small atm, I heard they got that long but my word when you actually see it like that it is much bigger than I expected! OwO
     
  14. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnodemon Active Member

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    I’m not even sure if it is done growing yet...
    But I confess I am somewhat envious at being able to by Centrobolus spp. with lunch money! :D