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International Journal of Biodiversity
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 715460, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/715460
Research Article

Diversity of Millipedes in Alagar Hills Reserve Forest in Tamil Nadu, India

Post Graduate and Research Department of Zoology, Yadava College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625 014, India

Received 10 September 2012; Revised 10 December 2012; Accepted 14 January 2013

Academic Editor: Curtis C. Daehler

Copyright © 2013 Periasamy Alagesan and Baluchamy Ramanathan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Millipede diversity and abundance were analysed at sites lying between 250 and 650 meters above mean sea level in Alagar Hills of Eastern Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Millipede abundance and diversity peaked at midelevations influenced by favourable niche and food resources. Diversity of millipedes indicates the influence of local habitat and food resource availability. In the present study, millipede species, Harpaphe haydeniana, Xenobolus carnifex, Arthrosphaera magna, Aulacobolus newtoni, and Spinotarsus colosseus, are present at midelevation (450 MSL). Abundance of millipedes at 450 m elevation is due to moderate canopy and litter, which support understorey vegetation like herbs and shrubs.