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Members of the superclass Myriapoda are long and thin with many body segments, many pairs of legs and a pair of antennae. There are four classes, three of which has been recorded from amber. The Chilopoda comprise the centipedes. They have a single pair of legs on each body segment and a pair of curved fangs situated under the head. The Diplopoda comprise the millipedes. They have two pairs of legs on each body segment and generally have many more legs than centipedes. They do not have fangs and in contrast to centipedes, are vegetarian rather than carnivores.


One distinctive kind called Polyxenus is very hairy. The Symphyla are similar to centipedes in that they have a single pair of legs on each segment, but they do not have fangs. Myriapods are very rare in amber.







Order Polyxenudae - this millipede shows just remarkable preservation. The body is divided into 11 to 13 segments with fine hair alongside each one of them. There is a longer bundle to hair on the tail.





Polyxenidae are rare in Dominican Republic amber. This particular specimen was found at the La Cumbre mines.

Please notice that there is a longer bundle of hairs on the tail. Under special conditions, the hairs will open wide like a fan. This fully displayed specimen is the only fossil example in the world. Without a doubt it is the finest example of a fully displayed Polyxenid millipede anywhere in the world. There is no exaggeration on the previous statement.



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