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Distribution of the Chuuk Islands Giant Millipede, Acladocricus setigerus (Spirobolida: Rhinocricidae), and Identification of Its Defensive Compounds

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Title:Distribution of the Chuuk Islands Giant Millipede, Acladocricus setigerus (Spirobolida: Rhinocricidae), and Identification of Its Defensive Compounds
Authors:Buden, Donald W.
Attygalle, Athula
Wu, Xiaogang
Date Issued:Oct 2004
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Buden DW, Attygale A, Wu X. Distribution of the Chuuk Islands Giant Millipede, Acladocricus setigerus (Spirobolida: Rhinocricidae), and identification of its defensive compounds. Pac Sci 58(4): 625-636.
Abstract:The spirobolidan millipede Acladocrieus setigerus (Silvestri, 1897)
grows to at least 155 mm long and is so far known only from Chuuk Islands,
Micronesia. It occurs mainly in well-shaded habitats, usually on the forest floor
and on tree trunks. It sprays defensive secretions from paired, lateral ozopores
on trunk segments; the major compounds, identified here for the first time, are
benzoquinones. The secretion stains human skin a reddish brown and causes a
slight burning sensation, occasionally followed by slight blistering and exfoliation.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2747
ISSN:0030-8870
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 58, Number 4, 2004


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