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 Post subject: Millipede with fluorescing legs
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:37 pm 
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I went out blacklighting last night hoping to find some Centruroides hentzi scorpions. Instead, my black light showed me something else. Millipedes! These are of the Order Polydesmida (flat-backed millipedes), and as best as I can tell they are a Eurymerodesmus sp. Unlike some of the California millipedes that either bioluminate, or the whole body fluoresces, with these guys it's only the legs that fluoresce. Watching them walk around under a blacklight is very cool.

P.S. Does anybody know what happened to Rowland Shelley's Millipede Research page that used to be linked from the ATS main page?


Millipede under normal light
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Millipede under black light
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I took a video of them, but I 'm having trouble getting it to play online.



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 Post subject: Re: Millipede with fluorescing legs
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:57 pm 
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KJ,

Rowland Shelley's page mirror was pulled down due to political reasons with his former employer, I think. Intellectual properties laws are very odd with Universities.

He is active on FB though, and is on my friends list, and since he's THE guy and just north of you, you might hit him up there and post your finds here?

Awesome find, by the way.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:06 am 
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OK, here is the first video I made yesterday.
http://youtu.be/ZcRzS3ZTGSY


Then I went back out tonight and found about 15 more.
http://youtu.be/CG93jCeAi6Y



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