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Species Polyxenus lagurus

Soft millipede, Polyxenidae - Polyxenus lagurus Not a derm*estid larva! - Polyxenus lagurus Another Tufted Millipede - Polyxenus lagurus Soft Millipede - Polyxenus lagurus Mother-lode of tufted millipedes - Polyxenus lagurus Mother-lode of tufted millipedes - Polyxenus lagurus Polyxenus lagurus bristly millipedes - Polyxenus lagurus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Polyxenida (Bristly Millipedes)
Family Polyxenidae
Genus Polyxenus
Species lagurus (Polyxenus lagurus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Polyxenus lagurus (Linnaeus) 1758
First described by name by Linnaeus in 1758 as Scolopendra lagura, though his description cites an earlier description in his Fauna Svecia ("Swedish Fauna"), where it is referred to as "Scolopendra ovalis;pedibus utrinque duodecimum: caudo albo penicillo" ("oval millipede; with 12 legs on both sides: painter's-brush-like white tail")- a good illustration of why Linnaeus' binomial system of naming was such an improvement.
Explanation of Names
From Greek lagos (λαγως)- "hare" + oura (ουρα)- "tail"
It is a Holarctic species that occurs in both the Nearctic (North America) & Palaearctic (Europe) regions. (Dr Rowland Shelley)
Internet References
Systema naturae, 10th ed., v.1, p.637    Linnaeus' first description of the species by name (in Latin)
Fauna Svecica, p.362 (no.1264)    Linnaeus' earlier description (in Latin)