Millipedes are Arthropods in the Class of Diplopoda characterized by having two pairs of jointed legs on body segments.
Phalangida (or Opiliones) is an Order of Arachnids commonly known as harvestmen. Phalangida are known for having exceptionally long legs relative to their body size; however, some species are short-legged. The most obvious difference between harvestmen and spiders is that in harvestmen the connection between the cephalothorax and abdomen is broad, so that the body appears to be a single oval structure. Phalangida have no venom glands in their chelicerae.
Ants are social insects of the Family Formicidae, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the Middle Cretaceous period between 130 and 110 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants.
This piece is very interesting and deserves to be part of a serious collection, because it contains three beautiful, well preserved specimens belonging to three different classes of Phylum Arthropoda: Arachnida, Diplopoda and Insecta. The amber stone comes from La Bucara Mine (Summer 2014).
Origin: Dominican Republic
Geological age: Lower Oligocene – Lower Miocene (ca. 30-20 Mya)
Size: 23,7 x 14,5 x 8,6 mm
Weight: 1,6 g
Biological fossil inclusions: Millipede (Diplopoda), Daddy long legs (Phalangida) and Ant (Hymenoptera formicidae).