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Greenhouse millipedes

Oxidus gracilis, the greenhouse millipede, is native to Asia, but now found all over the world as an invasive species (thanks largely to imported greenhouse plants, hence the name).
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Oxidus gracilis, the greenhouse millipede, is native to Asia, but now found all over the world as an invasive species (thanks largely to imported greenhouse plants, hence the name).

The greenhouse millipede (Oxidus gracilis), also known as the hothouse millipede, short-flange millipede, or garden millipede, is a species of millipede in the family Paradoxosomatidae that has been widely introduced around the world, and is sometimes a pest in greenhouses. Greenhouse millipedes are thought to be native to Japan, but have been introduced globally. They are found in the tropics as well as temperate North and South America, and all of Europe.

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