Polyxenida

This order of small and bristly millipedes is considered soft-bodied and have 11-13 segments. The body wall is soft and not impregnated with calcium salts, and the body is covered with tufts ofserrate bristles.

Bristly millipede, Polyxenida lagurus Adults are 3-4 mm long, somewhat flattened and covered with short setae or bristles. Each segment has two rows ofserrated bristles, and bundles of detachable barbed bristles protrude from the tail end. Predators are entangled in these detachable bristles. This species occurs under the bark oftrees, where it feeds on algae. Small to large numbers are known to occur indoors in England. Polyxenida species occur in northwestern USA and Europe; P. lagurus occurs in the UK.

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