Diversity of Millipedes in Alagar Hills Reserve Forest in Tamil Nadu, India

Periasamy Alagesan, Baluchamy Ramanathan
2013 International Journal of Biodiversity  
Millipede diversity and abundance were analysed at sites lying between 250 and 650 meters above mean sea level in Alagar Hills of Eastern Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Millipede abundance and diversity peaked at midelevations influenced by favourable niche and food resources. Diversity of millipedes indicates the influence of local habitat and food resource availability. In the present study, millipede species,Harpaphe haydeniana,Xenobolus carnifex,Arthrosphaera magna,Aulacobolus newtoni,
more » ... newtoni, andSpinotarsus colosseus, are present at midelevation (450 MSL). Abundance of millipedes at 450 m elevation is due to moderate canopy and litter, which support understorey vegetation like herbs and shrubs.
doi:10.1155/2013/715460 fatcat:4f2queemizcwnlhylmglf5blxe