Category Archives: Diplopoda

Conotyla vista Shear

Natural Tunnel Miliped (Conotyla vista)

This species was described in 1971; it is only known from a single specimen that was found in one of the so-called Natural Tunnels, a sandstone formation in the Grandview State Park in Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA.

The male holotype is the only known specimen. The type locality … is a ridge of heavily faulted, coarse sandstone overlooking the 1200 foot [365,76 m] deep gorge of the new River. The Natural Tunnels are roofed crevices formed by downslope creeping of sandstone blocks and are long enough to have totally dark areas and at least some troglophilic species (…), but C. vista shows no cave modifications. ….” [1]

The species has not been found since and is considered possibly extinct, however, this certainly is not a true cave species and might sooner or later be found in the vicinity of its original type locality. 



[1] William A. Shear: The miliped family Conotylidae in North America, with a description of the new family Adritylidae (Diplopoda: Chordeumida). Bulletin of the Museum of comparative Zoology 141(2): 55-98. 1971


edited: 19.08.2022

Hypocambala exocoeti (Pocock)

Christmas Island Round-backed Millipede (Hypocambala exocoeti)

The Christmas Island Round-backed Millipede was described in 1888.

The species was not seen since its description and is now possibly extinct.



[1] John Woinarski: A Bat’s End: The Christmas Island Pipistrelle and Extinction in Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Victoria, Australia 2018


edited: 09.09.2020

Eucarlia alluaudi (Brölemann)

Marianne Milliped (Eucarlia alluaudi)

The Marianne Milliped was described in 1896; it is only known from the damaged holotype that had been collected in 1892.

The species was apparently restricted to the small granite Marianne Island in the Seychelles Islands, a place that today is highly degraded; the milliped is now very likely extinct. [1]


syn. Spirobolus alluaudi Brölemann



[1] Justin Gerlach; Yuri Marusik: Arachnida and Myriapoda of the Seychelles islands. Siri Scientific Press, Manchester 2010


edited: 11.02.2024