Myriapods (Camatini 1980) are all terrestrial but take to moist to humid environments. They are elongate (often wormlike), with many similar body segments from which arise one pair of appendages each (these true segments have fused in the millipedes). The mouthparts are mandibulate and the legs several jointed, without basal lobes or subdivisions. There is reason to believe that myriapods and insects share a common multilegged ancestor.


Camatini, M., ed. 1980. Myriapod biology.

Academic, New York.

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