A Millipede That (Almost) Lives Up to the Name

"Illacme plenipus." Image courtesy of Paul Marek
“Illacme plenipus.” Image courtesy of Paul Marek

No millipede actually has 1000 feet—but the species Illacme plenipes comes closest, with up to 750. Entomologist Paul Marek, who rediscovered the rare species a few years ago in California’s coastal mountains, calls counting legs and measuring millipedes a “guilty pleasure.”

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Paul E. Marek

Paul Marek is a research associate in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

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