Like giant pillbugs! I learned recently that these were probably introduced from India and have fairly limited distribution in the Amani Nature Reserve. This is one of the areas where they are common.
Giant Pill Millipede on tree trunk in Beech/Kamahi Forest at Jubilee Flat, Arawhata River.
10mm Pill Millipede. Under log.
Found on tree trunk, about 1m above ground, almost completely rolled up. Taken off for photo, and put back again.
Found under a rotting log on the lake front, not sure which species as I was not patient enough to wait for it to uncurl.
It was pretty big by pill millipede standards.
During a mid morning walk to Harwoods hole I saw this millipede crawling across the track. It rolled up into a defensive ball once it saw me.
I suspect its a Giant pill millipede. Procyliosoma tuberculata.
More details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphaerotheriida
Location: Makunda Christian Hospital, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 14th September 2012
Equipment: Nikon D300s with Nikkor AF 28-105mm lens
Swarming behaviour of the world’s largest giant pill-millipede species.
Probably juvenile individuals.
Geotagging only approximative.
Identification after : Wesener, Schütte; Madagascar Conservation and Development, Vol.5(2), Dec 2010.
This species seems to be the only species in the order Sphaerotheriida with swarming behaviour.
Madagascar, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, October 28, 2005
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Sphaerotheriida (from the Latin sphaerium = ball) is an order of millipedes in the infraclass Pentazonia, sometimes known as giant pill millipedes. They inhabit southern Africa, Madagascar, South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Like the Northern Hemisphere pill millipedes of the order Glomerida, these millipedes can roll into a ball when disturbed. When they are rolled-up, most sphaerotheriids reach a maximum size of a cherry or golf ball, but some species from Madagascar can