Millipedes And Lemurs - An Unlikely Combination

goliathusdavid

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I love millipedes. I love lemurs. And oh boy is it interesting when they intersect. Honestly not sure what forum this belongs in.
These discoveries are a few years old but after diligent searching, I couldn't find a thread dedicated to them so figured I'd start one here, since after all, Malagasy millipedes play a staring role. I think everyone whose ever kept millipedes is familiar with their defensive secretions which contain (among many other interesting things) trace amounts of cyanide. Turns out, they also make a great insecticide, parasitic protector (and killer), and come with some pleasurable side effects. At least for Black Lemurs and Red-Fronted Lemurs...
Can't recommend this video and paper highly enough (PARTICULARLY the video :rofl: ). Honestly one of the strangest ecological relationships I have come across recently.
https://www.researchgate.net/public...int_action_against_gastrointestinal_parasites

Also to add to the interesting factor, I believe (could be wrong about this though) that the millipede featured in the video is an Aphistogoniulus species.
 

RoachCoach

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I love millipedes. I love lemurs. And oh boy is it interesting when they intersect. Honestly not sure what forum this belongs in.
These discoveries are a few years old but after diligent searching, I couldn't find a thread dedicated to them so figured I'd start one here, since after all, Malagasy millipedes play a staring role. I think everyone whose ever kept millipedes is familiar with their defensive secretions which contain (among many other interesting things) trace amounts of cyanide. Turns out, they also make a great insecticide, parasitic protector (and killer), and come with some pleasurable side effects. At least for Black Lemurs and Red-Fronted Lemurs...
Can't recommend this video and paper highly enough (PARTICULARLY the video :rofl: ). Honestly one of the strangest ecological relationships I have come across recently.
https://www.researchgate.net/public...int_action_against_gastrointestinal_parasites

Also to add to the interesting factor, I believe (could be wrong about this though) that the millipede featured in the video is an Aphistogoniulus species.
Oh man, don't get me started on nature docu weirdness.
 

Arthroverts

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In a Florida zoo monkeys were reported to suck on Anadenobolus monilicornis to get a high from the defensive secretions. Lemurs use it more, hrmm, pragmatically perhaps?

Thanks,

Arthroverts
 

goliathusdavid

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In a Florida zoo monkeys were reported to suck on Anadenobolus monilicornis to get a high from the defensive secretions. Lemurs use it more, hrmm, pragmatically perhaps?

Thanks,

Arthroverts
Somehow missed that one...fantastic :rofl: :rofl:
 
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