Desmoxytoides

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Desmoxytoides hasenpuschorum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Diplopoda
Order: Polydesmida
Family: Paradoxosomatidae
Genus: Desmoxytoides
Mesibov, 2006
Species: D. hasenpuschorum
Binomial name
Desmoxytoides hasenpuschorum
Mesibov, 2006

Desmoxytoides hasenpuschorum is a species of millipede and the only species in the monotypic genus Desmoxytoides. It lives in Australia.[1] This species is closely related to the dragon millipedes of the genus Desmoxytes, and there is some speculation, even by Robert Mesibov, the genus authority, that the split may not be necessary.[1] While Desmoxytoides hasenpuschorum is similar to the millipedes of Desmoxytes in paranotal form and metatergite sculpture, it has a simpler gonopod telopodite with an unprotected solenomere which gives it its own monotypic genus.[2] This species has the ability to produce hydrogen cyanide to ward off predators.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Enghoff, Henrik; Sutcharit, Chirasak; Panha, Somsak (2007). "The shocking pink dragon millipede, Desmoxytes purpurosea, a colourful new species from Thailand" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1563: 31–36. ISSN 1175-5326. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  2. ^ Mesibov, Robert (November 2006). "Dirt-encrusted and dragon millipedes (Diplopoda: Polydesmida:Paradoxosomatidae) from Queensland, Australia" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1354: 31–44. ISSN 1175-5334. Retrieved 2008-12-17.