The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association





The Sektion Myriapoda works on millipedes (Diplopoda) and centipedes (Chilopoda), as well as the smaller groups Symphyla and Pauropoda.

The research focuses on 'classical taxonomy' (many millipede genera and species are still undescribed), as well as biogeography, evolution, and phylogenetics, from genus-level to order-level.

Employed methods are morphology (light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, multi-layer photography and microcomputer tomography), as well as genetics (barcoding and phylogenies based on ribosomal and mitochondrial genes).

The research focuses geographically on Madagascar and India, as well as Northern Italy, Australia, and SE Asia. Studied groups are Sphaerotheriida, Spirobolida, Glomerida and Glomeridesmida.

Contact person

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

Collection Management Arthropoda


The collection manager works together with all six arthropod collections.

Digital Collection Catalogue

Catalogue of the Myriapoda Collection