Millipede with mites

Title Info
Common name Millipede; Mites
Scientific name Diplopoda; Acari
Taxonomic group Myriapoda; Arachnida
Level Class; Order
Source Dan L. Perlman
Nutrient cycles Decomposition; Carbon
Change over time Decomposition
Organisms Animals
Animals Other invertebrates
Lessons Decomposers and detritivores
Date 1997
Location Newton,Massachusetts,USA,North America

Millipede with mites, USA. Millipedes like this one can be easily found in decaying leaf litter where they feed the energy-rich but nutrient poor dead leaves and other organic matter. In many ecosystems they play an important role in decomposing dead plant matter. This millipede is covered with numerous mites, who may be parasitizing it or may just be hitching a ride. Although they look superficially like centipedes, millipedes are not predators as centipedes are, and every body segment of the millipede has two pairs of legs (centipedes have one pair per segment). Their name, which means thousand feet, is not accurate, although they may have as many as 400 legs. Some tropical species grow to be 11 inches (27 cm) long.