Giant African Millipede

Archispirostreptus gigas

Scientific Name

Giant African Millipede:  
Archispirostreptus gigas

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Tropical West Africa

Natural Habitat

Rainforest floor, under logs and leaf litter

Physical Characteristics

  • Brown or black, round, segmented body with two pairs of legs per body segment.

  • They can be up to 12 inches long and have 300-400 legs!

Quick Facts

  1. Millipede waste acts as fertilizer to help rainforest plants grow.

  2. Unlike centipedes, millipedes have weak jaws so they do not bite to protect themselves.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Giant African Millipede is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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Millipedes eat decaying plants.