Seychelles millipedes and invasive plants


This is a video of a Seychelles giant millipede, attacked by a crab.

Vulnerable Seychelles giant millipedes change their behaviour in response to the presence of non-native plants, a study finds.

Photos are here.

Herbivores (species that eat plants; e.g. caterpillars) consume more non-native (introduced from other places) oak leaf material in areas with diverse native plant communities than in less diverse communities. Why diverse plant communities tend to resist invasion by non-native plants, remains uncertain. Researchers from the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Morton Arboretum have been examining the potential role of herbivores on the invasion of non-native plant species in diverse plant communities. Read more here.

International scientists have developed a database with in-depth information on over 600 plant species, including the black pine, prickly cactus, thyme, milkweed, wild garlic and baby root orchid. Called the “COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database“, it is currently the world’s largest open-access source of endangered, native and feral plant demographics. Read more here.
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