Pill bugs, taxonomy questions

Androctonus_bic

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What are exacly pillbugs? I thought that they are Myriapods but now I don't know what I have to think? Answer as taxonomical as you can, please.:worship:

And what happend whit isopods?

Cheers
Carles
 

Drachenjager

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What are exacly pillbugs? I thought that they are Myriapods but now I don't know what I have to think? Answer as taxonomical as you can, please.:worship:

And what happend whit isopods?

Cheers
Carles
There are pill millipedes and what i call pill bugs that are an isopod.
and then sow bugs which are another kind of isopod ...
the giant tanzanian pill bugs are actually pill millipedes
 

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any idea on a proper id for the big orange tanzanian pillbugs?
 

Androctonus_bic

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Some taxonomy table help to me a lot... but...thanks for all! I'll try to find some info...

Cheers
Carles
 

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The big orange tanzanian pillMILLIPEDE is Arthrosphaera cf. brandtii (Humbert, 1865). A lot of things were discussed a few weeks before.

Here is the systematic position of pillbugs and pillmillipedes:

Pillbug:
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Subclass: Eumalacostraca
Superorder: Peracarida
Order: Isopoda
Suborder: Oniscidea
Infraorder: Ligiamorpha
Family:Armadillidae

Pillmillipede:
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Myriapoda
Class: Diplopoda
Subclass: Chilognatha
Superorder: Oniscomorpha
Order: Glomerida + Spaerotheriida

Though both look quite similar at the first glance there are much differences between these, e.g. the segmentation, breathing organs, antenna and so on.
 

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i haven't seen anything regarding the large green pills from madagascar. are they pillbugs or pill millipedes? i can't even find any pics, does anyone have any pictures or informative links regarding this species? whereexactly do these species fall in taxonomy?
 

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The large green pills from madagascar are pill millipedes, Sphaerotherium neptunus, belonging to Sphaeroteriida, the giant pill millipedes. This species is big and beautiful, but this species feeds mainly on moss.
 

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I ordered a couple of those giant green pills a few years ago. One was DOA and the other died within 24 hours. They were so incredible though! Too bad they are so hard to keep...
 

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the ones i used to keep were the Sphaerotherium hippocastaneum (Giant Malagasy Emerald Pill Millipedes)...and were larger than a mouse, easily.
i havent seen them offered anywhere..are these no longer around in the hobby?
 

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i'm guessing due to the failure experienced by most people who've attempted keeping the big greenies they've simply lost the demand, or suppliers have just given up trying to sell them.
 
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