General Description

Body shiny, dark grey to black with about 50 segments. Two pairs of legs on most segments. Up to 5 cm long.


When disturbed, these millipedes can discharge a smelly yellow or red fluid to defend themselves. The best known species is the introduced Black Portuguese Millipede, which can be a pest, eating crops and entering houses.


Worldwide. Southern mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Damp soil, leaf litter, compost, and mulch in gardens.

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