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Leggiest Animal On Earth Gets Rediscovered
2012-11-14 20:41:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Leggiest Animal On Earth ] Scientists in California re-discovered the leggiest animal on Earth several years ago living outside Silicon Valley. Paul Marek and colleagues provided details of the millipede lllacme plenipes' complex anatomy and its rarity in the journal ZooKeys. The female lllacme plenipes have up to 750 legs, compared to the males who only have a maximum of 562 legs. The scientists said...

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2011-09-26 11:10:19

   The world's only bioluminescent millipedes use their glow as a warning signal to nocturnal predators, a University of Arizona-led research team has discovered [ Watch the Video ] As night falls in certain mountain regions in California, a strange breed of creepy crawlies emerges from the soil: Millipedes that glow in the dark. The reason behind the glowing secret has stumped biologists until now. Paul Marek, a research associate in the UA's Department of Entomology...

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2006-06-07 17:50:41

LOS ANGELES -- The world's leggiest creature is missing-in-action no more. A scientist found a rare species of millipede, last seen 80 years ago in central California, and has collected several of the inch-long bugs for study. This millipede has more than 600 legs, about twice the average millipede - despite the name which means "thousand-legged." Of the estimated 10,000 species, only one, I. plenipes, comes close to living up to its name and thrives only in California. "This is a milestone...

2006-06-07 12:00:00

LONDON -- An extremely rare species of millipede, and the one that comes closest to having 1,000 legs, has made its first appearance in 80 years. The Illacme plenipes species had not been seen since it was first spotted in a biodiversity hotspot in California in 1926. But Paul Marek and Professor Jason Bond of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina recently discovered 12 of the elusive thread-like creatures that measure about 33 mm (1.3 inch) in length. "It has the most number...