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Polyxenus lagurus

Polyxenus lagurus, known as the bristly millipede is a species of millipede found in many areas of Europe and North America.[2][3] It is covered with detachable bristles that have the ability to entangle ants and spiders that attack the animal.[4]


  1. ^ M. Nguyen Duy-Jacquemin & J.-J. Geoffroy (2003). "A revised comprehensive checklist, relational database, and taxonomic system of reference for the bristly millipedes of the world". African Invertebrates 44 (1): 89–101. 
  2. ^ Hoffman, R. L. (1999). "Checklist of the millipeds of North and Middle America". Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publications 8: 1–553. p. 13
  3. ^ William Shear (2011). "Class Diplopoda de Blainville in Gervais, 1844". In Zhang, Z.-Q. Animal biodiversity: an outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa 3148. pp. 159–164. ISBN 978-1-86977-850-7. 
  4. ^ Jonathan C. Wright & Peter Westh (2006). "Water vapour absorption in the penicillate millipede Polyxenus lagurus (Diplopoda: Penicillata: Polyxenida): microcalorimetric analysis of uptake kinetics". Journal of Experimental Biology 209 (13): 2486–2494. doi:10.1242/jeb.02280. 


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