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A true millipede with 1,306 legs

Scientists digging Australian soil have come across amazing discoveries. It’s actually a millipede over 1000 feet.

Eumillipes persephone Found By chance, While a team of researchers are conducting an “underground environmental impact assessment”. Science news
Report The eight specimens were “captured by dropping a litter-fed cup into a drill hole used for mineral exploration up to a depth of 60 meters. Eventually, the creature was captured in Blacksburg. It was sent to the Virginia Tech entomologist Paul Marek for further investigation. “

Talk to “All Things Consid” NPR, Marek claims that the name millipede is “actually an exaggeration.” That is a misnomer. No millipede has ever had more than 750 legs. “

For etymologists, or etymologists, millipedes mean a thousand feet. However, until now, there has been no millipede that lives up to its name.The one with the most legs Illacme Plenipes It has up to 750 legs in California. Eumillipedes PersephoneIn other words, there is 1306 in the “true millipede persephone”. E. Persephone Named after the Greek goddess of the underworld.

Illacme PlenipesIs a digger like Eumillipedes Persephone, according to The National Museum of History in the UK, but not so deep.

“Most leg former record holders were collected at a depth of 11.5 meters in the soil,” says research specialist Dr. Gregory Edgecom. Evolution of arthropods He was not involved in recent discoveries. A new discovery in Western Australia was trapped in a trap between 15 and 60 meters underground.

Marek et al. write of Scientific Reports That “E. Persephone Own troglomorphic Features; No eyes and pigmentation, very long body. It has features that are in stark contrast to Australia’s closest surface relatives and all other members. “

Juanita Rodriguez, a colleague of Marek’s disease, said with the Australian National Insects Collection: NPR “The millipede is a little less than a millimeter wide and a little less than a centimeter long. So it’s a tiny little thing.”

Dr. Rodriguez Guardian The new species are likely to have evolved in length to facilitate their movement underground.

“The longer it is, the more power you can move forward,” she says. She adds that the millipede’s more than 300 body parts will give great power to movement in rocky areas such as small gaps.

Dr. Bruno Buzatto, a biologist at Bennelongia Environmental Consultants, describes the discovery as “incredibly lucky.”

“These animals were very unique,” Buzzat tells the Guardian. “As soon as I understood how long they were … I realized that they had to be completely different.”

Little is known about the new millipede. “It’s good for them to eat fungi,” says Buzzat.

More than 2,000 millipedes are known in Australia, Rodriguez said, adding that the actual number of species could be as high as 4,000.

Rodriguez and her colleague of CSIRO [Australia’s national science agency] I am studying insects about the chemicals they release. “We are testing them to see if they can be antibacterial against many antibacterial resistant pathogens.”

“Few people are aware that much of Australia’s biodiversity has not yet been explained, and therefore the importance of taxonomists,” said Buzzat. “We are essentially extinct species. Probably faster than we can explain.”

Thumbnail photo: Eumillipes persephone, the longest-legged animal on the planet from Australia. (A) Female with 330 segments and 1,306 legs (paratype specimen, T147124).

Headline photo: (B) Ventral view of the leg (male holotype, T147101). (C) Back view of the head and ventral view of the reproductive limbs (male holotype, T147101). Scale bar, 0.5 mm.

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