Despite their names, centipedes do not have 100 legs. Neither do the millipedes reach the thousand legs. However, the latter have more than the first. And some species of the latter almost reach that figure.
Millipedes have two pairs of legs for each segment of the body, while centipedes have only one pair. Although they usually have between 34 and 400 legs. the species with more, Illacme plenipes, reaches 750, that is, it has 375 pairs.
It is a millipede that is located in the central area of the state of California, United States. The species was discovered in San Benito County, California, in 1926 by a government scientist.
However, the species was not seen again until almost 80 years later, when it was rediscovered in November 2005, by Paul Marek, a PhD from the University of Eastern Carolina, who was conducting research on the millipedes of St. Benedict.Female of Illacme plenipes, with 618 legs (309 pairs)
Millipede is the vulgar way of calling the diplomapods, a class of myriapods that are characterized by having two pairs of articulated legs in most of their double body segments, or diplosegments.
Science has described some 12,000 species of millipede. However, there may still be many more to discover, and it is estimated that the total number of millipede species that exist in the world is 15,000 to 80,000. They live on all continents except Antarctica.
The largest millipede, not the one with the most legs, is the giant African millipede, which has enter 16 and 28 cm. Actually the maximum size of the millipede does not differ much from the largest centipede.
He giant cypress, native to Central and South America, measures 26 cm long. Also known as yellow-legged scolopendra, it has modified jaws on its head, with which it can capture prey such as mice, lizards and frogs and inject them with poison.