Links on Multipedes


Chilobase - A web resource for Chilopoda taxonomy

Chilobase is intended to be a catalogue of all known centipedes (Chilopoda) of the world. It is an electronic database, publicly and freely available through the World Wide Web. Based on a nomenclator of available genus- and species-level names, it is intended to offer, as far as possible, a consistent, updated taxonomic system for the Chilopoda. In a searchable web-based format, it aims to be a user-friendly reference database for faunistic, ecological and medical research, as well as to stimulate further taxonomic research. In its first release, the catalogue includes a total number of 5845 records. Chilobase was compiled after gathering, critically evaluating and integrating all taxonomic information published to date, starting with compiling a bibliographic database currently including 4732 works.


The soil-zoological information system Edaphobase is a taxonomic-ecological database system, which combines existing taxonomical primary data on soil organisms from collections, scientific literature and reports etc. originating from many research institutes and persons involved in soil zoology. This data is linked at the species level to ecological background information of the species’ sites of occurrence (i.e. geography, soils, habitat type, climate). The data is available to the general public via a web application containing a comprehensive query system, which allows the analysis and evaluation of the data for complex ecological questions of soil-zoological research and monitoring. In general, Edaphobase makes this data comprehensively available for soil-zoological biodiversity research – a unique undertaking within Germany! The Information system is part of the existing GBIF data structure.
Edaphobase contains more than 470,000 data sets (January 2014) on Myriapoda, Isopoda, Acari, Collembola, Nematoda, Annelida and some other groups. For Myriapoda more than 110,000 data sets are available for about 13,700 localities in X countries (with focus on Germany and adjacent countries) from the collections of Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz, Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, private collections and 2,760 literature references.


MilliBase is a global taxonomic database, that aims to capture all described millipede, pauropod and symphylan species with the associated literature, the authorities and original descriptions of species, genera and all units of higher classification. Generic synonyms have largely been added to the database, species-level synonymies are under development. MilliBase also strives to add secondary citations from the taxonomic and systematic literature for all taxa, as well as important ecological and physiological works focusing on specific diplopod models.

Fauna Europaea

Fauna Europaea has assembled a database of the scientific names and distribution of all living multicellular European land and fresh-water animals. Experts in taxonomy have provided data of all species currently known in Europe. Together these data have formed a huge database, which will be accessible to everyone. The University of Amsterdam has coordinated the project, assisted by the University of Copenhagen and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.The Fauna Europaea database will provide a unique reference for many groups such as scientists, governments, industries, conservation communities and educational programs.
Fauna Europaea contributes to the European Community Biodiversity Strategy by supporting one of the main themes of the Strategy: to identify and catalogue the components of European biodiversity into a database to serve as a basic tool for science and conservation policies. In Europe such a taxonomic index did not exist as yet. Partial overviews were scattered around Europe in different scientific institutes, while only some countries are working on national information systems. In regard to biodiversity in Europe, science and policies depend on knowledge of its components. The assessment of biodiversity, monitoring changes, sustainable exploitation of biodiversity, and much legislative work depends upon a validated overview of taxonomic biodiversity, in which Fauna Europaea plays a major role.

Millipedes of Australia

This website contains a checklist of the described species of millipedes native to Australia. It is a resource for taxonomists, not an identification guide, although specialists will find the gonopod gallery useful. Millipedes of Australia contains genus pages and species pages. Both kinds of pages have synonymies, and the species pages have distribution overviews and details of type specimens.

The node Invertebrates II of GBIF Germany & The GloMyrIS project

Together with other nodes of GBIF-Germany, the node Invertebrates II shares the aim to provide free and open access to "life databases" for all people of the world. To reach this goal data from collections, museums, civil service and libraries are fused to a network and this data is provided at the international GBIF-Portal. Our Vision is a global information system which should even provide the facility of online determination in the future.
The node Invertebrates II represents the molluscs (Mollusca) the Chelicerata, with the spiders and mites, and the myriapods (Myriapoda), containing millipedes and centipedes.
With their high tendency for endemism, myriapods, especially millipedes, are one of the most important group for biogeographic and biodiversity research. But because of the few specialist which work on this group worldwide, the scientific potential of myriapods cannot be exploited as necessary. To change this, the GloMyrIS project was initiated to collect worldwide information about the four myriapod classes Chilopoda, Diplopoda, Pauropoda and Symphyla and to provide this information to the scientific community.
And for this we have build up the SysMyr database with its webservice!
This is a worldwide, continuously updated database of myriapods citations, providing a global species catalogue. Now this product reacts as taconomic backbone for Diplopoda, Pauropoda and Symphyla in the Catalogue of Life, and is funded GSD (Global Species Database) partner in the EU-project 4D4Life (Distributed Dynamic Diversity Databases of Life).
This work happens in close cooperation with the former Milli-Peet project of Petra Sierwald (Field Museum, Chicago). The generic catalogue of Diplopoda provided by her served as a base for the taxonomic backbone of our database.
During the first period of GBIF-Germany the task of GloMyrIS was to collect information of myriapod types housed in German museum. As shown below, the most important information gap concerns the Verhoeff collection at the Zoological State Collection of Bavaria at Munich. For this reason we focused our work on this collection.


External Anatomy of Polydesmida

This website explains how Polydesmida are built. Polydesmida are one of the most successful groups of terrestrial animals, but they tend to be lumped with other millipedes as 'long, thin animals with lots of legs'. There is a lot more to see, and students, teachers and naturalists will find the details on this website.

Multipedes Journals

Bulletin of the British Myriapod and Isopod Group

British Myriapod & Isopod Group aims to actively develop identification, training and recording relevant to improving the knowledge and conservation of millipedes, centipedes, pauropods, symphylans, woodlice and waterlice. The group produces a Newsletter twice yearly since 1983, provides information and support to members and organizes field meetings and events across Britain as well as running the national recording schemes.
As from 2001 the Bulletin of the British Myriapod Group and Isopoda are combined to become the Bulletin of the British Myriapod and Isopod Group. Older versions of the Bulletin of the British Myriapod and Isopod Group can be downloaded. The Bulletin accepts manuscripts on any aspect of myriapods or terrestrial and freshwater isopods. Items should be about British species, by British workers or likely to be of interest to British workers. Comparisons of British fauna and that of other European countries would be welcome.
Volume 1 (1972) – Volume 26 (2012)

Schubartiana – Journal of the Working Group of German-speaking Myriapodologists

SCHUBARTIANA is the scientific journal, edited and published by the Working Group of German-speaking Myriapodologists. It is named after the German myriapodologist Otto Schubart. The first issue was published in December 2005.
SCHUBARTIANA aims to address all people interested in Chilopoda and Diplopoda as well as Pauropoda and Symphyla. We encourage both amateurs, advanced or professional myriapodologists to submit their contributions. This journal wants to represent a platform for manuscripts and topics not fitting the scope and aims of major journals. No data should get lost in your desk!
SCHUBARTIANA is open for all publications in the field of myriapodology. Although the scope is on Europe and Central Europe, contributions to other geographical regions are welcome too. A broad range of works are considered for publishing: taxonomic (re-) descriptions and revisions, identification keys, phylogenetic studies, physiology, functional morphology, ecology, faunal lists and checklists, distribution atlases, methodology, collection catalogues, literature reviews, databases, software, as well as short communications, e.g. interesting faunistic records.
SCHUBARTIANA is an open access journal with no charges for submission, article processing or open access. Articles are published online as PDF prior to a printed issue once per year. There is no limit to page numbers and supplementary files can be provided. Copyright on any article is retained by the author(s) and full texts can be distributed, printed or linked.

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