Life cycle of Spinotarsus colosseus (Diplopoda: Spirostreptida: Odonotopgidae)
Suresh Kondepudi, M Kanagappan, S Sam Manohar Das
The population diversity of the millipedes is huge in the soil fauna. Millipedes are better decomposers for recycling the wastes and contribute more nutrients to the soil. Spinotarsus colosseus millipede has superior ability to degrade the waste materials and close association with soil organisms. The life cycle of an organism refers to the sequence of developmental stages, which includes all these stages starting from mating, nest preparation by female parent, egg laying, incubation and development phase. In the present study the life process of the millipede S. coloseeus and their different developmental stages including their durations were observed and their morphological features were measured. Handpicked method was used for collecting the S. colosseus millipedes from the field. Afterwards they were transmuted to the laboratory and were incorporated into the culture room. The data for stage analyses were obtained by laboratory breeding and continuous observations of field-collected specimens in captivity were also made for more than one year. This paper emphasized that S. colosseus millipedes are trouble-free to rear and can be feasible for farmers.