A thousand legs, to be sure. A millipede with a world-record number of legs – over a thousand!

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A female Eumillipes persephone – a millipede with as many as 1,306 legs 
((Paul E. Marek, Bruno A. Buzatto, William A. Shear, Jackson C. Means, Dennis G. Black, Mark S. Harvey, Juanita Rodriguez, Scientific Reports))

In an abandoned gold mine shaft in Western Australia, scientists unearthed a world-record-breaking millipede 60 meters deep.

The newly discovered millipede may have as many as 1,306 legs, according to scientists. This is a genuine world record; the previous longest millipede had 750 legs. For the first time, their English name, tysicnoga (millipede), which was taken from Greek and Latin, had meaningful meaning.

According to “Scientific Reports” experts from the United States and Australia, a millipede’s body is made up of 330 segments and is named Eumillipes Persephone (after the Greek goddess of darkness and guardian of souls Persephone, whom Hades took to the underworld kingdom). It also has a diameter of almost a millimeter and a length of up to ten centimeters. Having such a lengthy physique probably aids him in tearing through the earth’s caverns.

The record millipede is likewise deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly de Deep below the surface, and he would have no use for sight.

Your millipede deserves respect.

Millipedes, commonly called two pairs, are a group of twigs that cover over 12 thousand species. They inspire mostly apprehension in individuals because of their appearance and proclivity to aggregate or congregate in one location. When millipedes congregate in a person’s house, it can be aggravating, particularly when some of them have an awful odor.

A female Eumillipes persephone – a millipede with as many as 1,306 legs 
((Paul E. Marek, Bruno A. Buzatto, William A. Shear, Jackson C. Means, Dennis G. Black, Mark S. Harvey, Juanita Rodriguez, Scientific Reports))

However, it’s vital to recall that these arthropods provide an important ecological role by consuming mostly dead organic materials and recirculating them in an alive environment.

The trophic pyramid may collapse if it weren’t for their contribution to life support, which is similar to that of insects.

It’s probable that millipedes are the oldest land creatures as well.

Last year, a two-burner fossil discovered in Scotland was dated to 425 million years.

As a result, their significance in the formation and preservation of terrestrial ecosystems cannot be overstated.

Even though they have over a thousand legs, today’s millipedes are quite tiny. Some of those from hundreds of millions of years ago reached a length of 2.5 meters.

A female Eumillipes persephone – a millipede with as many as 1,306 legs 
((Paul E. Marek, Bruno A. Buzatto, William A. Shear, Jackson C. Means, Dennis G. Black, Mark S. Harvey, Juanita Rodriguez, Scientific Reports))

The authors of the paper published in “Scientific Reports” warn that the mining of natural resources may endanger the species they uncovered. The gold reserves in the region where they discovered their millipede are well-known.

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