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Millipeds

These "thousand-legged" arthropods are little known but appear to hold many secrets for scientists

William Shear

Figure 8. Attacking wolf spiderClick to Enlarge Image

"Millipeds are undoubtedly among the most fascinating animals on the planet . . . ," writes Shear in his wide-ranging review of these unassuming arthropods. Largely ignored by the merely bipedal of the world, the multi-legged millipeds have marched their way to nearly every continent on the globe (with Antarctica being the lone exception). There may be nearly 80,000 species worldwide that have evolved into a dazzling array of forms: some poisonous and brilliantly colored, some with hook-like bristles to ensnare potential predators, and yet others that use a manufactured tool to mate. Find out why everyone should know more about millipeds.


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