Which species do you mean now? If velvet worms, I am just working on article to Reptilia magazine where I would like to summarize it
Another amazing millipede genus. Extraordinary features and vivid color. They look so much like a centipede in form. Especially the legs. If someone that didn't know jack about millipedes nor centipedes looked at these kinds of millipedes, they might think they were centipedes.Some update - I am trying to bring another dragon millipede species to hobby - Desmoxytes sp. , possibly Desmoxytes delfae, but further determination is needed.
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IF I ever did such a thing as you mention, I would definitely keep the offspring in their own sealed container with their own label and never release any offspring into the wild. That is, if the offspring were viable. I'm still learning.@Adam Cochran, just know that by mentioning hybridizing millipedes you may get some hard replies.
I will say that you should avoid doing this at all, as it is incredibly easy to muck up bloodlines and gene pools, especially if you lose some offspring in other containers or sell some off to someone without the proper ID. This has already happened with many cockroach species. I can only imagine what could happen with popular Narceus sp.
I bet it would irk you something awful if I experimented a little with hybridization and then let the offspring go free. You must really care a lot about genetic diversity that makes each specie unique. Not everyone feels the same.@Adam Cochran, your right, it is quite tempting. But there are already many species available to us, and even more if you get the permit (PPQ526 from the USDA/APHIS) that allows you to import exotic species. We don't need hybrid millipedes when we already have so many amazing species.
Sorry for causing tension.@Adam Cochran, I understand experimenting a little with hybridization. It is important to know which species can and can't hybridize, and that is part of a scientific pursuit that can help us learn more about these amazing creatures. I say if that is something you absolutely have to do, go for it, just so long as you take the proper precautions to protect the wild and captive populations of the species you are working with.
However: releasing hybrids into the wild damages the purity of bloodlines, and in some cases it can lead to the declination of a species because the hybrid's genes mess up the wild-type genes. While this is worst-case scenario, I do care about every species that we watch over in captivity (and many we don't), so conservation should always be the number one goal.
If you look at any thread on here about hybridizing roaches, tarantulas, or pretty much anything else, you can see why we generally don't advocate for hybridizing different species. Here are some good thoughts on the matter: http://arachnoboards.com/threads/when-people-hybridize.319931/#post-2932873
In the end, if you do decide to go for it, please make sure you keep tabs on any hybrids produced (if gordanus and americanus can even be hybridized remains to be seen), and please don't release them into the wild. Talk with any respectable enthusiast and they will tell you why.