Dead myriapod found on forest track.
A pill millipede
Under wood, start of Raruraru Kauri Trail.
Found in base of fallen nikau frond. It unrolled after several minutes when placed on a log, and then also on the palm of my hand.
C.8mm diameter when rolled up.
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