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Order Polyxenida - Bristly Millipedes

Millipedes - Polyxenus Unknown Polyxenus Polyxenus - Polyxenus lagurus ID this caterpillar? - Polyxenus Polyxenus little fuzzy Polyxenus lagurus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Polyxenida (Bristly Millipedes)
Other Common Names
Pincushion Millipedes, Fuzzy Millipedes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ancyrotricha Cook 1895
Explanation of Names
Polyxenida Verhoeff 1934
8 spp. in 3 genera of 2 families in our area. ~110 spp. in a dozen genera of 4 families total(1)
≤4 mm
Soft-bodied with distinctive tufts of setae, ≤17 leg pairs. Polyxenidae usually have ocelli, 8th antennomere shorter than 7th; Lophoproctidae lack ocelli, 8th antennomere subequal or longer than 7th
Worldwide. In the New World, so.Canada to Brazil(2)
Polyxenidae occur over much of the US (6 spp. of Polyxenus); Lophoproctidae, has been recorded in the Florida Keys and may occur in so.TX (at least 2 spp.)(1)
See Also
dermestid larvae
Print References
Short M., Vahtera V. (2017) Phylogenetic relationships of millipedes in the subclass Penicillata (Diplopoda) with a key to the genera. J. Nat. Hist. 51: 41‒42, 2443‒2461 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Checklist of the millipeds of North and Middle America
Richard L. Hoffman. 1999. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publications.
2.Centipedes and Millipedes, with an Emphasis on North American Fauna
Rowland M. Shelley. 1999. Emporia State University.