Arthrosphaera species (Diplopoda: Sphaerotheriida: Arthrosphaeridae). Udawattakele Sanctuary, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Pill millipede found under stone, whilst investigating invertebrate diversity in area without any wasp/rat control for son's science fair.
A small nocturnal native millipede on the side of rata tree trunk
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