Species Guide: Urban Invertebrates

Millipedes and Centipedes

Millipede, Ulat gonggok

Millipedes have two pairs of legs per segment and move slowly. Millipedes protect themselves by coiling up and producing a yellowish poison.

Local name: Ulat gonggok, sepah bulan, mentibang

Ecological function: Decomposer

Level in food chain: Decomposer

Feeding behaviour: Detritivore

Microhabitat:  Usually found in rotting material

Centipede, Lipan

Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment. Centipedes have modified front legs that inject venom into their prey.

Local name: Lipan

Ecological function: Predators

Level in food chain: Secondary consumer 

Feeding behaviour: Carnivore

Microhabitat:  Usually found in rotting material