• Neda ShahriariEmail author
  • Mohammed Malik
  • Brett Sloan


The millipede is one of the oldest recorded terrestrial organisms (Sierwald and Bond in Annu Rev Entomol 52:401–420, 2007, [1]). With approximately 12,000 species currently named, millipedes make up the scientific class Diplopoda. The size and shape of a millipede is quite variable ranging from 2 mm to almost 40 cm (Lewbart ed in Invertebrate medicine. Wiley, 2011, [2]). The major dermatologic condition from millipede exposure is contact dermatitis  resulting in a mahogany- colored burn, most often on the hands/forearms and feet (Hendrickson in Clin Toxicol 43(3):211–212, 2005, [3]).


Millipede Diplopoda Millipede burn P-benzoquinones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA

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