Millipede that really does have 1,000 legs is discovered in Australia: Previous bugs only sported a maximum of 750

Millipede that really does have 1,000 legs is discovered in Australia: Previous bugs only sported a maximum of 750

Millipede that really does have 1,000 legs is discovered in Australia: Previous bugs only sported a maximum of 750

The first millipede with 1,000 legs was discovered in a mine in Western Australia

Only 0.3 of an inch long, it has 1,306 legs – more than any other animal on Earth

Despite being called mille (‘thousand’) most millipedes have a few hundred legs

Despite their name, no millipede has been discovered with more than 750 legs – until now.

In a new paper published today, scientists report the discovery of the first millipede with more than 1,000 legs, found deep in an Australian mine.

In fact, it has a whopping 1,306 legs – more than any other animal – and belongs to a new species that has been named Eumillipes persephone.

Researchers measured four members of this new species, found underground in the mining area of the Eastern Goldfields Province of Australia.

At 3.76 inches long and 0.03 of an inch wide, the eyeless species has a long, thread-like body consisting of up to 330 segments, short legs and a cone-shaped head with antennae and a beak.

Along with colleagues, Paul Marek at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg discovered the millipede about 200 feet (60 metres) underground in a drill hole created for mineral exploration in the mining area of the Eastern Goldfields Province of Australia.

Centipedes and millipedes do not have 100 and 1,000 legs respectively, in spite of their prefixes.

‘The name “millipede” translates to a thousand feet (from mille “thousand” and pes “foot”),’ the authors say in their new paper, published today in Scientific Reports.

‘However, no millipede has ever been described with more than 750 legs.

‘We discovered a new record-setting species of millipede with 1,306 legs, Eumillipes persephone, from Western Australia.

‘This diminutive animal has 330 segments, a cone-shaped head with enormous antennae, and a beak for feeding.’

Its two antennae are used for navigating, to make up for its lack of eyesight.

Source: Daily mail

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Millipede that really does have 1,000 legs is discovered in Australia: Previous bugs only sported a maximum of 750

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