Pauropods

I hese small myriapods have very pale, slender bodies and relatively long legs. The upper surface of the head and trunk carry long, pale, slender hairs, which have a sensory function. The antennae have four segments, and the last segment is divided into two branches. Despite their small size, pauropods can move quite quickly through soil crevices.

• 1 „IKK CYCKK In most species, the females deposit their eggs, cither singly or in small batches, in the soil or among rotting plant matter. The complete life cycle, from egg to adulthood, takes about three or four months.

• OCCl IRRKNCK Worldwide. In various habitats, especially woodland, in soil, leaf litter, and rotting logs, in damp, draft-free places. Some species are very widespread.

• UKMARK This family contains most of the known species of pauropod.

heart nine of the abdominal segments bear a pair of legs heart nine of the abdominal segments bear a pair of legs

Au.orftiiRorus daniciis is found throughout the Northern I Icmisphcrc. It has long, fine body hairs that are not visible on this slide-mounted specimen.

long, slender, sideways -pointing hairs body segment behind long, slender, sideways -pointing hairs body segment behind

last segment of antennae branched

Au.orftiiRorus daniciis is found throughout the Northern I Icmisphcrc. It has long, fine body hairs that are not visible on this slide-mounted specimen.

last segment of antennae branched

/',imorns si*lit :n s may resemble very small, grublike centipedes (see pp.240-41) in general appearance. They can be very abundant in forest humus and leaf litter.

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