New Millipede Species:
A new species of millipede has been discovered crawling underneath the city of Los Angeles in the United States
- The newly found species is a thread Millipede.
- It is about the length of a paperclip but skinny as pencil lead.
- Its scientific name is Illacme socal.
- It is translucent and sinuous like a jellyfish tentacle.
- The creature burrows four inches below ground, secretes unusual chemicals and is blind.
- It relays on hornlike antennas protruding from its head to find its way.
- Millipede are member of the arthropod class Diplopoda.
- They are cylindrical or slightly flattened invertebrates.
- The word “millipede” translates to “a thousand feet”—but while millipedes have many feet, none of them quite have a thousand.
- Their bodies are split into a number of segments, and each segment has two sets of legs that attach to the body’s underside.
- It is a detritivore, which means that it eats dead organic matter in the earth like damp wood pieces, decayed leaves, and other materials that naturally exists in their moist habitat underground.