Pill millipedes – order Sphaerotheriida

Whilst these resemble slaters (isopods) superficially, they're actually a myriapod rather than a crustacean. They're not closely related at all.

Pill millipedes behave like slaters (isopods) by rolling into a sphere when disturbed. This gives them their name. New Zealand pill millipedes are members of the order Sphaerotheriida, a group with a Gondwanan distribution, with ~100 species known from Australasia, South Africa, and Madagascar.

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Keywords:Pill millipede, Sphaerotheriida, millipede

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