Acta Biológica Colombiana
Print version ISSN 0120-548X
COSTA NETO, ERALDO M. THE PERCEPTION OF DIPLOPODA (ARTHROPODA, MYRIAPODA) BY THE INHABITANTS OF THE COUNTY OF PEDRA BRANCA, SANTA TERESINHA, BAHIA, BRAZIL. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.2, pp. 123-134. ISSN 0120-548X.
This paper deals with the conceptions, knowledge and attitudes of the inhabitants of the county of Pedra Branca, Bahia State, on the arthropods of the class Diplopoda. Data were collected from February to June 2005 by means of openended interviews carried out with 28 individuals, which ages ranged from 13 to 86 years old. It was recorded some traditional knowledge regarding the following items: taxonomy, biology, habitat, ecology, seasonality, and behavior. Results show that the diplopods are classified as “insects”. The characteristic of coiling the body was the most commented, as well as the fact that these animals are considered as “poisonous”. In general, the traditional zoological knowledge of Pedra Branca’s inhabitants concerning the diplopods is coherent with the academic knowledge.
Keywords : Ethnozoology; ethnomyriapodology; perception; millipede.