March 28, 2023

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1306-foot worm found on land in Australia

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In a deep hole in the ground in a mine area in Australia, scientists have discovered a blind worm that has the largest number of legs of all known animals, particularly 1306 feet.

Scientists believe that a thousand males are light-colored, thread-like worms, reaching 95 mm in length, about 0.95 mm in width, and that it has a conical head, a mouth in the shape of a crane, and large antennae. Lack of eyes may be one of the sources of sensory input.

Paul Marek, an entomologist at Virginia Tech, the lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports, said:

The worm Emilipis was called Persephone, which means “thousand true feet”, and Persephone is after the queen of the underworld in ancient Greek mythology.

Many of them were found 60 meters underground. Women had more legs than men.

So far, only one millibed animal found with 750 males in California is known to have the largest number of legs.

There are usually between one hundred and two hundred people in the mill.

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“In my opinion, this is a wonderful animal … a marvel of creation,” said Bruno Posado, co-author of the study, a biologist at the Pennelongia Environmental Consultancy in Perth, Australia.

“It is the longest-lived animal ever to be found in the millibeats.

New species live in complete darkness in a habitat rich in iron and volcanic rocks. Because they do not have eyes, they use other senses such as touch and smell to learn about their environment. It belongs to the family of fungus-eating worms, so researchers believe it is their main food.

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In Western Australia, researchers have discovered a worm called Emilipis persephone in an area where miners have mined gold and other minerals, including lithium and vanadium.

Millibeads first appeared 400 million years ago, and they are associated with slow-moving arthropods insects and crustaceans.

Currently, 13,000 species are known, living in all kinds of environments and feeding on decaying plants and fungi. It plays an important role in the environment, breaking down the nutrient and releasing its constituent components such as carbon, nitrogen and simple sugars.

“These nutrients can be used by future generations,” said Marek, the study’s lead author.