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Desmoxytoides

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Polydesmida
Higher classification  Desmoxytoides
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Paradoxosomatidae
Rank  Species
Genus  Desmoxytoides Mesibov, 2006
Scientific name  Desmoxytoides hasenpuschorum
Similar  Desmoxytes, Paradoxosomatidae, Desmoxytes purpurosea, Polydesmida

Desmoxytoides hasenpuschorum is a species of millipede and the only species in the monotypic genus Desmoxytoides. It lives in Australia. This species is closely related to the dragon millipedes of the genus Desmoxytes, and there is some speculation, even by Robert Mesibov, the genus authority, that the split may not be necessary. While Desmoxytoides hasenpuschorum is similar to the millipedes of Desmoxytes in paranotal form and metatergite sculpture, it has a simpler gonopod telopodite with an unprotected solenomere which gives it its own monotypic genus. This species has the ability to produce hydrogen cyanide to ward off predators.

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Desmoxytoides Wikipedia


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