Anadenobolus monilicornis

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Anadenobolus monilicornis
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A. monilicornis in defensive position
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Diplopoda
Order: Spirobolida
Family: Rhinocricidae
Genus: Anadenobolus
Species: A. monilicornis
Binomial name
Anadenobolus monilicornis
(von Porat, 1876)[1]

Anadenobolus monilicornis, known as the yellow-banded millipede or bumble bee millipede, is a species of millipede in the family Rhinocricidae. It is native to the Caribbean but has been introduced to the southeastern United States.


Individuals are dark brown with distinctive yellow bands, and measure 2.5–10 centimetres (1.0–3.9 in) long. The legs are red.[2]

Ecology and behaviour[edit]

This species inhabits leaf litter. Birds and captive monkeys have been observed crushing these millipedes and rubbing their secretions on their wings or fur, probably to repel insects.[2]


This species is native to the Caribbean: it is found in Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, and on Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Maarten, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Haiti.[3][4]

This species has been introduced to southern Florida, where it can occur in large numbers but is not considered a pest.[2]


  1. ^ "Anadenobolus monilicornis (von Porat, 1876)". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Yellow-banded millipede (Anadenobolus monilicornis)". Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. August 2006. 
  3. ^ Pérez-Asso, A. R.; D. E. Pérez-Gelabert (2001). "Checklist of the Millipeds (Diplopoda) of Hispaniola". Bol. SEA 28: 67–80. 
  4. ^ Chamberlin, Ralph V. (1918). "The Chilopoda and Diplopoda of West Indies". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College: 151–262. Retrieved 15 October 2013.