The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
is a research museum of the Leibniz Association
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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.
The collection has been steadily expanding since 2010 and now comprises over 20,000 digitally recorded specimens (status 2020).
The focus is on millipedes (Diplopoda), especially on Sphaerotheriida, Glomerida and Spirobolida, as well as the basal group Glomeridesmida [Limacomorpha].
The collection manager works together with all six arthropod collections.
Catalogue of the Myriapoda Collection