Rare millipede found in Milton Keynes

http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/P-lagurus.jpgThe bristly millipede is quite an uncommon beast, so, when sorting through we were pleased to find a single specimen among our samples. They are a small and rarely observed species, usually found under bark or building render. They can also be found on beaches and are even known from the Sahara desert! Our specimen was found in leaf litter in the unlikely location of a wooded traffic roundabout in Milton Keynes. This is the first time this species has been recorded in Milton Keynes (and possibly the first time in the world on a roundabout!) There are no other records for this species in the Beds/Bucks region in the last 20 years. This information has been passed on to the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology via the national millipede recording scheme. www.bmig.org.uk

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