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Order Platydesmida

Brachycybe with eggs - Brachycybe - female Xystodesmidae? - Brachycybe Brachycybe rosea in Nevada City, Ca - Brachycybe Andrognathids - Gosodesmus claremontus Diplopoda - Brachycybe Bracycybe producta, Sacramento - Brachycybe producta Brachycybe? - Gosodesmus claremontus Brachycybe? - Gosodesmus claremontus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Platydesmida
Two families worldwide, 1 in North America.
About a dozen species north of Mexico.
Up to 60mm
Body flat with tiny heads and 30 to 192 body rings. Eyes absent. Paranota always present. In males the 9th and 10th pairs of legs are modified as sex organs (gonopods). The usual color is pink. The rough dorsal surface has a narrow longitudinal groove. (1)
North America occurrence: southern West Virginia and central Kentucky to southern Alabama, Louisiana, and western Arkansas; Idaho; northern California (2)
See Also
Millipedes in order Polyzoniida lack paranota and a dorsal longitudinal groove, and are more round than flat.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Spiders and Their Kin: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
Herbert W. Levi, Lorna R. Levi, Nicholas Strekalovsky. 2001. St. Martin's Press.