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Termitodesmus ceylonicus dorsal.png
Termitodesmus ceylonicus
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Glomeridesmus trinidadensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Diplopoda
Subclass: Chilognatha
Infraclass: Pentazonia
Superorder: Limacomorpha
Pocock, 1894 
Order: Glomeridesmida
Cook, 1895 

Glomeridesmida is an order of millipedes in the infraclass Pentazonia containing 2 families and at least 31 species.[1] Glomeridesmida is the only living order of the superorder Limacomorpha. Glomeridesmidans are small (less than 15 mm (0.59 in)) and somewhat flattened, possess 22 body segments, and unlike other orders of Pentazonia, are unable to roll into a ball.[2] Glomeridesmidans occur in the New World Tropics, Southeast Asia, India, and Oceania.[3] Two species are known cave-dwellers, and, like other troglomorphic animals are translucent from loss of pigment. The five known species of Termitodesmus (constituting the family Termitodesmidae) have a commensal relationship with termites.[4]



  1. ^ Shear, W (2011). "Class Diplopoda de Blainville in Gervais, 1844" (PDF). In Zhang, Z.-Q. Animal biodiversity : an outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa. 3148. pp. 159–164. 
  2. ^ Shelley, Rowland M. (1999). "Centipedes and Millipedes with Emphasis on North American Fauna". The Kansas School Naturalist. 45 (3): 1–16. 
  3. ^ Shelley, Rowland M. (2011). "The Milliped order Glomeridesmida (Diplopoda: Pentazonia: Limacomorpha) in Oceania, the East Indies, and southeastern Asia; first records from Palau, the Philippines, Vanuatu, New Britain, the Island of New Guinea, Cambodia, Thailand, and Borneo and Sulawesi, Indonesia". Insecta Mundi. 196: 1–11. 
  4. ^ Iniesta, L. F. M.; Ferreira, R. L. & Wesener, T. (2012). "The first troglobitic Glomeridesmus from Brazil, and a template for a modern taxonomic description of Glomeridesmida (Diplopoda)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3550: 26–42. 

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