Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Photo from Chris

Photo from Chris

Order: Diplopoda

Size range

  • Up to 100 mm long


  • 600 native species. Those found in gardens are introduced

Life History

  • Common under logs, bark and leaf litter. Under pot plants
  • Cannot tolerate dry conditions
  • Eat decaying plant material May eat young seedlings, if soil moisture is low
  • Often occur in large numbers

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