Sunday, February 6, 2022

Malaysian Millipede Hitchhikers!

Interestingly, it would appear my Perisphaerus sp. "Kota Kinabalu" had another hitchhiker in with them besides those cf. Willowsia springtails. Introducing to captive culture, Pyrgodesmidae sp. "Kota Kinabalu". 😁

This very small millipede species (3-4 mms at mature size) has been breeding in my new Perisphaerus container. There's no rotten wood in there, and the enclosure is quite warm. I'm not sure what exactly they're feeding on, could be anything from the leaf litter, rotten bark, roach frass, white worm and/or fungus gnat frass, fruits, pollen, dog food, etc., there's a decent bit of decaying organic matter in there to choose from, none of it's wood though. That pleases me, since most millipedes in the hobby require rotten wood to breed, and that's not an easy resource for me to collect in SW Idaho.

I actually think there was only one individual that came with them initially, as I did actually observe it months ago, and it's the only adult I've seen in there. I thought it'd probably just die in there due to the heat, and being so small and the only one in there, just decided to leave it rather than remove it from the enclosure. Months later, I've started finding babies crawling on the bark in the enclosure, and the proud mother has resurfaced as well. 😄

Here are some pictures of the mature female:

I made the ID myself, tentatively... I can't find anyone to give me a more accurate ID from these pictures, and the whole family seems to be understudied. So while I may never have a species ID for these, one thing's for sure, they're cute as heck, and easy to breed. 😃 I look forward to establishing a good breeding population, and then hopefully introducing them to the hobby!

Well, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see everyone next time! 😉

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