Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede (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
- they live in the open on leaf litter
- they have glands that produce hydrogen cyanide to protect them from predators, a fact advertised by their aposematic color
- because they produce cyanide, they smell like almonds
- the shocking pink dragon millipede was named third in the top ten species in 2008 by the International Institute for Species Exploration.
How have I never heard of pink dragon millipedes before now?