Tagged: Motyxia

Beware the glowing millipede - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 27, 2011

Millipedes of the genus Motyxia are nocturnal detritivores* who protect themselves from predators using cyanide, which they generate internally and discharge through pores. Most creatures that protect themselves in this way also produce a visible signal to predators that they taste foul, usually by being brightly coloured. But being nocturnal, such visible cues wouldn’t be much use to Motyxia. Instead … Read More