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Order Spirostreptida

Desert Millipede (Orthoporus ornatus)? - Orthoporus ornatus Female Millipede - Orthoporus texicolens - female Millipede Jackpot - Cambala MILLIPEDE - Seeking what type (Parajulidae or Orthoporus ornatus or ?) - Orthoporus Orthoporus sp. - O. ornatus or O. texicolens? - Orthoporus Millipede - Cambala Trigoniulus corallinus? - Orthoporus Choctella cumminsi - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Spirostreptida
Numbers
12 families worldwide
3 families in North America
Size
Up to 28 cm
Identification
Large cylindrical millipedes found mainly in the tropics. There is only one pair of gonopods (sex organs). (1)
Snake-like body. Eyes usually present. Dorsal groove mainly absent except in some Cambalidae. Paranota absent. 30-90 segments.
Remarks
This order includes the world's largest millipedes, approaching 28cm (2)
In the southwestern US millipedes of the genus Orthoporus often congregate in large numbers. Three species occur in states adjacent to Mexico. (1)
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.
2.Centipedes and Millipedes, with an Emphasis on North American Fauna
Rowland M. Shelley. 1999. Emporia State University.