First ever ‘true’ millipede discovered – scientists — Analysis
Scientists have discovered the first ever “true” millipede with more than 1,000 legs 60 meters underground in a mining area in Western Australia, setting the record for the creature with the most legs known to humans.
Researchers announced that the species was found in a subterranean environment impact assessment.
While the name ‘millipede’ is Latin for a thousand feet, no creature has been found until now with one thousand legs despite them having lived on Earth for more than 400 million years. They have two sets of legs, one for centipedes and one for the insects.
Newly discovered millipede Eumillipes persephone, named after the Greek goddess, is 1,306 long. The previous record was broken by Illacme Plenipes in central California. It had up to 750 legs.
Made up of around 335 segments and with small legs and an oval-shaped head. The underground discovery in Eastern Goldfields, where it was found, has led to the conclusion that the millipede can live below ground in total darkness.
Following the discovery Dr. Bruno Buzatto of Bennelongia Environmental Consultants said that researchers had been able to identify it. “incredibly lucky”Find the right product “unique”Being a creature of the future “completely different”Similar to species before.
Juanita Rodriguez (one of the researchers, an expert in insectology) described the evolution of the millipede, allowing it to grow its length underground. “The more length you have, the more strength to propel forward,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez stated that more than 2000 species of millipede have been discovered in Australia so far.