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Brachycybe? - Octoglena anura

Brachycybe? - Octoglena anura
near Mary's Peak, Benton County, Oregon, USA
February 4, 2009
Size: ~1cm
Found under log in mixed deciduous & conifer forest. This was a very unusual millipede (compared to what I usually see) so I had to take photos and find out its name.

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Brachycybe? - Octoglena anura Brachycybe? - Octoglena anura

Moved
Moved from Millipedes.

There don't seem to be any co
There don't seem to be any commens about this milliped, so let me say that it is Octoglena anura (Cook, 1904) (order Polyzoniida: family Hirudisomatidae). Hirudisomatids and polyzoniidans are unusual looking compared to the millipeds people usually see, but they do occur over much of the western & eastern/southeastern US.They are slow moving and what are believed to be "sucking mouthparts," as opposed to the chewing mouthparts of most millipeds. Some even emit a defensive secretion that smells like camphor, even though it has a different chemical structure and is not really camphor. Rowland Shelley

 
Sweet
bullseye on the ID! Thanks. So do they use some type of saliva or liquid to help dissolve foods if they have a sucking mouthpart? Also, do they eat the different type of fungi growing off of the woody debris? Thanks again, this little guy is quite interesting.
Mark

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