keks' millipedes

keks

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Yesterday I took a walk with my daughter into the wood for more soil, today I made the new enclosure for my 2 Tonkinbolus dollfusi with bodylength 3.5", I don't know if male or female.
The enclosure we call in German "Faunabox", I don't know the word in English. It is ~ 12x8x8 inches. Should be big enough I think.
This wood is a water reserve, so there should be no bad things in the soil, and there grow oaks and beeches and some coniferes.
I came home with a shopping bag full of soil, dry leaves, and rotten wood. Branches of the coniferes I took out and mixed the soil with sowing compost for herbs because it was still to few :shifty:.
On the surface they have two pieces of carrots now (they like it), eggshells and flakes of fishfood.
I hope I didn't forget something?
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keks

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Today I set up an enclosure for my new millipedes and my Polydesmidae (I think, it is Coromus vittatus).

The enclosure for the millipedes measures 37 x 27 x 27 cm, soil measures ~ 18 cm. It must be good for the next time, for the aquarium I first need a cabinet.

I still don't know, what species this is:
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This should be Pelmatojulus ligulatus:
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My next ones:
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For any ideas/corrections of the names I am absolutely appreciative :rolleyes:.
 

keks

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To me those Pelmatojulus ligulatus look more like a species that is being sold as Aphistogoniulus polleni (which it is not). Apparently it's Spirostreptidae sp. 6.
http://forum.diplopoda.de/wbb/index.php/Thread/6841-Spirostreptidae-sp-6-var/

Could you get more photos of the unidentified species in the first pic?
I can get pics on Wednesday (not tomorrow, there I'm working), then my daughter can help me to make better pics, for me alone it is difficult, the millis are too fast :rofl:.
Thanks for the link, looks very interesting. On this site I am from time to time :) .

Millipedes are extremely confusing. Next month I want to get the book of Orin McMonigle, Millipeds in Captivity: Diplopodan Husbandry and Reproductive Biology. I hope, then I am a little bit wiser ^^.

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Knowing the day of the week would be helpful ....
 
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mickiem

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I can get pics on Wednesday (not tomorrow, there I'm working), then my daughter can help me to make better pics, for me alone it is difficult, the millis are too fast :rofl:.
Thanks for the link, looks very interesting. On this site I am from time to time :) .

Millipedes are extremely confusing. Next month I want to get the book of Orin McMonigle, Millipeds in Captivity: Diplopodan Husbandry and Reproductive Biology. I hope, then I am a little bit wiser ^^.

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Knowing the day of the week would be helpful ....
Great book. You'll be a milli-pro.
 

keks

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Photo session with my millipedes was cancled, my 7 month old granddaughter (Her Majesty Princess And The Pea) was not in the mood to share her mother.
I have other pics, I hope you find them useful. They really have this metallic silver-grey shimmer. Amazing colour.

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keks

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Ok. So we are two with this (un)knowledge ^^.
They are active, I can see them very often on the surface. Like Tonkinbolus dolfusi, they are very visible too here. No idea, why many people don't see theirs.
 

Brumbleberry

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Hi Kek, really great pictures, thanks for sharing! My first millipedes should be on their way to me next week!
 

keks

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That last black one could be a Mardonius, but I have no clue
I saw now many pictures of Mardonius with orange stripes between, others without this striped segments. My ones have only this velvet/satin black colour. But
thank you for your clue, I try it again tomorrow :) .
 

Hermes

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They only have them as they grow older, I used to have one and it lacked the orangey brown stripes until she got a bit bigger
 

Hermes

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If you want the exact species, Mardonius parilis acuticonus is the only one I know of that's in the hobby. Good luck! Let us know if you think that's the right species.
 

Hermes

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One of the tell-tale signs of a Mardonius is that the last segment of the antennae will have a light brown/tan tip. It's a little hard to spot, but it shouldn't be too hard to see with good lighting.
 

ErinM31

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I'm afraid I can't help with identification as I'm really only familiar with North American millipedes, but these are great looking millipedes and I wish you success in keeping them! :) Orin's book is definitely a great resource! :bookworm:
 

keks

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I have pedelings!!! :wideyed::embarrassed::kiss::kiss::happy:
In the enclosure of Tonkinbolus dollfusi are mini-millipedes, I still can't believe it! I could count around 15 babies at the first sight on the surface, I didn't want to dig too much through the leaves.
But I am not 100% sure of the species, because I had this chocolate-brown species in this enclosure too, even if it were one or two weeks. As newborn pedelings they don't look to me, but I never saw one before.

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