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Two Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede on a rock (Desmoxytes purpurosea)  -  ©WWF
a new species discovered in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) which comprises Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan Province in the People’s Republic of China
a spiny and toxic millipede aptly named for its bright pink  color
These adult millipedes are approximately 3 cm long 
because they produce cyanide, they smell like almonds
they live in  the open on leaf litter
they have glands that produce hydrogen cyanide to protect them from predators, which produces their aposematic color
the  shocking pink dragon millipede was named third in the top ten species in  2008 by the International Institute for Species Exploration.

Two Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede on a rock (Desmoxytes purpurosea)  -  ©WWF

  • a new species discovered in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) which comprises Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan Province in the People’s Republic of China
  • a spiny and toxic millipede aptly named for its bright pink color
  • These adult millipedes are approximately 3 cm long
  • because they produce cyanide, they smell like almonds
  • they live in the open on leaf litter
  • they have glands that produce hydrogen cyanide to protect them from predators, which produces their aposematic color
  • the shocking pink dragon millipede was named third in the top ten species in 2008 by the International Institute for Species Exploration.

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    Hahaaah, this is awesome! X3
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    Okay, it’s official, science fiction ain’t got nothin’ on the real world… Come on, hot pink almond-scented glam...
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    AWESOME.
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    I never heard of...millipedes before now?
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