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Species Euryurus leachii

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Polydesmida (Flat-backed Millipedes)
Family Euryuridae
Genus Euryurus
Species leachii (Euryurus leachii)
Explanation of Names
Euryurus leachii (Gray 1832)
Identification
A very colorful representative of the endemic North American family Euryuridae (Polydesmida). There are 2 genera in this family, Auturus & Euryurus, and the species occurring in Indiana is E. leachii. These are among the very few North American millipeds that one can deliberately try to find, because they occur almost exclusively in association with decaying hardwood logs & stumps near water sources ()creeks, seepages, etc.). They are rarely found in just leaf litter and almost never in association with pines. I'll bet the log they found it under was an oak or another hardwood. (Dr Rowland Shelley)

Male Gonopods