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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:25 pm 
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I really tried not to, especially having never kept them before, but I really couldn't help it.

Got a male and female, around 9 inches long.

Forgot to make a note of the species tho. gah.

They're amazing, fairly active initially but been underground for most of the night and morning, one of them popped up for food and they're both underground again now.







I though they looked like the Burmese that mazzer posted but I really don't know enough, so I'm going to mail the supplier and ask them to remind me what they are, I'm sure he said they were from Peru?!

Got them in a 24 litre tub at the moment, next to the roach tank for heat, going to get a bugger home for them in the next couple of days.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:27 pm 
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Bah see you was at AES and didnt find us to say hi i should give you a slap
who did you buy them from?


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A bugger home? Thought you said male and female? ;) No idea on species but they are sweet :) (okay, lets get this out of the way now- I pretty much think ALL inverts are sweet/cute/*insert suitably girly word here*)

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:42 pm 
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A bugger home? Thought you said male and female? ;)


:oops: what a typo, i'm sitting here cracking up now! haha.

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Bah see you was at AES and didnt find us to say hi i should give you a slap


Did you have a stand there?

I did keep my eyes peeled for anything BN related, but it was my first time there so I was a bit like a wide eyed kid wandering about all day - would have been good to meet you!

Got them from BugzUK, they were really helpful and put up with my millions of questions very well.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:43 pm 
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Ignore that Shaz - I just read your signature...how on earth did I miss that?!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:44 pm 
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We only requisitioned the outside balcony for about an hour with our group :lol:

They for sure aren't burmese.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:51 pm 
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Hopefully next year I'll be more organised and get to meet you all.

And possibly take more money to the show! haha.

I've mailed BugzUK about the species, so hopefully they'll get back to me and I can post it.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:02 pm 
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Had a reply already, they're Spirostreptidae sp 8 from Cameroon, so I'm guessing the sp 8 is just that particular sub species of Spirostreptidae?

I need to do a lot of reading to learn all this stuff - I'm off to look for books!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:44 pm 
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You reply means thay are in the family Spirostrepidae, I'd guess the "Sp 8" means they are unidentified but they are one of at least 8 unidentified milli species the supplier has had in over time, its just a working ID untill the point somone actually works out what the species is.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:21 pm 
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Thanks Matt - it's handy to know that the sp8 was applied more for the supplier and not a suffix that everyone would use.

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You should use the suffix though, until it is identified. It's not an arbitrary number, it means that all of that species can be identified as related. Until you get the proper identification, that is what everyone should use. :)

Say, someone else manages to ID "sp8" but you have forgotten the number or passed them onto someone else without using the number, the likelihood of them ever being identified is much lower.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:59 pm 
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OK cool, that makes sense, thanks Mazzer, I'm going to not everything on the tanks cos I'm sad like that!

I was just reading about the Diplopoda classification on wikipedia after reading your reply to my other thread, I had no idea there were so many! it's insane!


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Spirostreptidae sp8 here, (from Shura's site):
http://www.millipeden.org/2012/mp_pages/mp1072_1.html
Great looking species. I have been hunting for it myself. But my friend who supplies me with millis has been unable to locate any for me. Let me know if you manage to get some babies!!

Shura also has a book on millipedes. See here:
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=42780&hilit=millipede+book
Very good book! She made an English and a German edition so be careful which language you get it in. It does have info on Spiro sp8 in it.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:59 pm 
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Thanks for the info Hypoponera, great site - the photo's are brilliant.

I've put in an order for the book already!

I think BugzUK still have these listed as available, but I'm hoping they'll breed so I'll definitely post back if they have babies.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:25 pm 
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Yes, BugzUK usually has a great selection of species. But alas, I live on the wrong side of the pond. They won't ship to me here. I have a friend in Germany who sends cool millis to me. He usually gets them at Hamm. So I keep hoping he finds some of those. In the mean time, he does send plenty of cool species to tide me over!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Hypoponera wrote:
he does send plenty of cool species to tide me over!


no kidding - I was just reading through the list!

I moved my couple to a bigger tank today, took a while to get it done because I wanted to wait until they were both overground at the same time, so I could move them together.

They've both been super active since the move! I could watch them for hours.

They keep doing this thing where one of them will start eating, and the other one will wander over, and then sort of lean all over it and start eating the same thing, it's all very romantic! or at least I like to think so.

Got a few pics, but they're through the glass so excuse the quality;







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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:21 pm 
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Woohoo! they've mated! I'm well excited.

The male looks very pleased with himself at the moment.








I'm curious as to what happens next, from what I've read she'll either lay the eggs underground, or lay them overground (as if there was a third option! haha) - Either way, I'm leaving them well alone - do I need to cover them if I mist the tank?

And, are they easy to spot?

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no kidding - I was just reading through the list!

That list just grew by 4 new species! I got a package today. It had:
Telodeinopus aoutii
Doratogonus stephensi
Spirobolus walkeri
Pelmatojulus ligulatus

Hopefully mine will get as "friendly" as yours! Keep in mind that millipedes mate often, but lay eggs rarely. I hope yours prove otherwise! Eggs will most likely be deposited bare in the soil. Color and size of eggs will vary depending on species. I would expect whitish-yellow for color and only 2-3mm in diameter at most. They may be hard to see unless laid in fairly large numbers. But don't dig them up.

Great photos by the way!!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:34 pm 
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Whoa! the list grows!

Hypoponera wrote:
Keep in mind that millipedes mate often, but lay eggs rarely. I hope yours prove otherwise! Eggs will most likely be deposited bare in the soil. Color and size of eggs will vary depending on species. I would expect whitish-yellow for color and only 2-3mm in diameter at most. They may be hard to see unless laid in fairly large numbers. But don't dig them up.


I didn't know that, thought it was simply they mate, lay eggs, I get baby millipedes... :oops:

Guess I really need that book! haha.

Thanks for the advice, I'll keep my eyes peeled. They're acting quite differently now, but I wonder if they were just acting differently pre mating, and now I'm seeing their normal behaviour - they seem a lot more laid back now.


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