How can volunteers participate?
Millipedes are found in leaf litter and soil in many habitats as long as there is moisture and organic matter present. Volunteers for this project would search for millipedes in appropriate habitats. Millipedes are not venomous and do not sting or bite, and they are safe to collect by hand. These would be collected and killed/preserved in ethanol. Volunteers would collect data on the collection location to include with each set of specimens.
How will this data be used?
Millipede specimens will be identified to species. Undescribed species are highly likely and these will be described and published in the peer-reviewed literature. Publications describing new distribution records will also be produced.