Black Bush Earwig
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Millipedes (Diplopoda)|
|Order:||Juliform Millipedes (Spirostreptida)|
|Family:||Juliform Millipede (Spirostreptida)|
|Species:||Juliform Millipede (cf Spirostreptida sp)|
Thank you Dr Bob Mesibov for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Of this specimen, Bob said "Very interesting, and probably a (native) spirostreptidan - never seen this patterning before, though!"
The legs on the 1st-5th segments are diagnostic, as are the eyes & genetalia. So it's important to try and photograph these areas clearly for id. As you can see, I wasn't able to. Everytime I turned it over, it turned back and ran.
In terms of colour (ie darkness & amount of orange coming through); this specimen varied considerably depending on the camera settings.