Apheloria virginiensis

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Apheloria virginiensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Diplopoda
Order: Polydesmida
Family: Xystodesmidae
Genus: Apheloria
A. virginiensis
Binomial name
Apheloria virginiensis
(Drury, 1770)

Apheloria virginiensis is a large North American millipede. It is reported to secrete cyanide compounds as a defense. It is recommended that one wash hands after handling this organism as the toxic compounds it secretes are poisonous and can cause extreme irritation if rubbed in the eyes.

External links[edit]

  • "Apheloria virginiensis Drury, 1770". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  • Images of Apheloria virginiensis - BugGuide