Thyropygus allevatus

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Siamese pointy-tailed millipede
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T. allevatus
Binomial name
Thyropygus allevatus
(Karsch, 1881)
Synonyms
  • Spirostreptus allevatusKarsch, 1881
  • Spirostreptus bowringiPocock, 1892
  • Spirostreptus bowringiiPocock, 1892
  • Spirostreptus kandyanusHumbert, 1866
  • Thyropisthus allevatus(Karsch, 1881)
  • Thyropisthus bowringi(Pocock, 1892)
  • Thyropisthus bowringii(Pocock, 1892)
  • Thyropisthus polyodontusAttems, 1942

The Siamese pointy-tailed millipede, [1] (Thyropygus allevatus), is a species of round-backed millipede in the family Harpagophoridae. It is found in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. [2] [3]

Millipede class of arthropods

Millipedes are a group of arthropods that are characterised by having two pairs of jointed legs on most body segments; they are known scientifically as the class Diplopoda, the name being derived from this feature. Each double-legged segment is a result of two single segments fused together. Most millipedes have very elongated cylindrical or flattened bodies with more than 20 segments, while pill millipedes are shorter and can roll into a ball. Although the name "millipede" derives from the Latin for "thousand feet", no known species has 1,000; the record of 750 legs belongs to Illacme plenipes. There are approximately 12,000 named species classified into 16 orders and around 140 families, making Diplopoda the largest class of myriapods, an arthropod group which also includes centipedes and other multi-legged creatures.

Harpagophoridae is a family of round-backed millipedes of the order Spirostreptida. The family includes 269 species belonging to 55 genera, distributed in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the East Indies, as well as a few Indian Oceanic islands. Two subfamilies are recognized.

Sri Lanka Island country in South Asia

Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is historically and culturally intertwined with the Indian subcontinent, but is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.

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References

  1. "Siamese Pointy-tailed - Thyropygus allevatus uncinatus". exotic-pets.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. "Annotated checklist of millipedes (Myriapoda: Diplopoda) of Sri Lanka". Research Gate. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. "Thyropygus allevatus (Karsch, 1881) (accepted name)". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 21 December 2016.