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"One of the wonders of creation" .. Discovery of a worm with 1,306 males in Australia

“One of the wonders of creation” .. Discovery of a worm with 1,306 males in Australia

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.

The light-colored, thread-like worm, a thousand-foot worm 95 millimeters long and about 0.95 millimeters wide, has a conical head, a crane-shaped mouth and large antennae, scientists believe. Perceptual input because it has no eyes.

“Previously, it was not known if there were a thousand people in a millipede, but the name millibed refers to a thousand people,” said Paul Marek, an entomologist at Virginia Tech.

The worm Emilipis was called Persephone, which means “thousand true feet”, and Persephone is 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.

“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.

He added, “This is the longest worm ever found in millibeats, the first animal to inhabit the earth, especially at a depth of ten meters in the soil.

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.

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.


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