Twelve new species of millipede of Thyropygus genus were discovered in Thailand by a Thai exploration team led by Prof. Somsak Panha of Chulalongkorn University. The exploration and study were conducted from 2007 to 2009 with funding from the Biodiversity Research and Training Program (BRT) under the BRT-Millipede-Earthworm Project. Most of these species were found in the southern provinces of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Satun, Phuket and Krabi. These species were described in Zootaxa 2016: 17–50 (2009).
Exhibition on these millipedes are now on displayed at the Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park), located on Level 8 of Central World, from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 – 20:00 hrs.) until 30 June 2009.
Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede, also discovered by Prof. Somsak Panha, made TOP 10 New Species Listing announced by The International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) in May 2008.
The Biodiversity Research and Training Program (BRT) was established in 1996 by BIOTEC and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) to provide support and funding for research into, and management of Thailand's biodiversity resources. The BRT Program makes funding available for basic and applied research in disciplines related to biodiversity. For more information, please visit at: http://www.biotec.or.th/brt.
Posted on 19 June 2009.