The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Giant Pill-Millipedes of Nepal



Quick facts

Project title: 
The Giant Pill-Millipedes of Nepal
ZFMK Project lead: 
Object of research: 
Myriapoda, Diplopoda, giant pill-millipede, millipede


The Asian giant pill-millipedes (Family Zephroniidae) reach their western-most distribution in Nepal. There is only a single historic giant pill-millipede record from Nepal itself, the occurence of the group in Nepal is therefore still unresearched. In this project we will research the collections of the famous Himalaya researcher Prof. Martens, who collected in Nepal in the 1980ties. Our research will show whether the Nepalese giant pill-millipedes are widespread species also occuring in India or Sikkim, or whether they are local endemics. For this, the Nepalese specimens will be compared with species described from nearby India and Sikkim. Because most species are only known from their type material, collected 120-150 years ago, a careful redescription of these types from the Natural History Museums in London, Berlin and Vienna is a prerequisite and important part of this study.



Contact person

Head of Section Myriapoda
Responsible Editor Bonn zoological Bulletin - Supplementum
+49 228 9122-425
+49 228 9122-212
t.wesener [at]

Die Riesenkugler Nepals

Die asiatischen Riesenkugler (Familie Zephroniidae) erreichen an der Indisch-Nepalesischen Grenze die Westgrenze ihres Verbreitungsgebietes. Aufsammlungen des Mainzer Himalaya-Forschers Prof. Martens wurden untersucht um einen ersten Einblick in die Riesenkuglerfauna dieses Extremlebensraumes zu erhalten.