Mongoose Throwing and Smashing Millipedes

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Science  03 Feb 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3762, pp. 577-579
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3762.577


African millipedes of the genus Sphaerotherium coil into tight spheres when disturbed. Their tough skeletal armor offers protection against some predators, but not against the African banded mongoose Mungos mungo, which smashes them by hurling them against rock.