Bennelongia has discovered the first “true” millipede! Eumillipes persephone was collected in the Goldfields of Western Australia and has an amazing 1306 legs – literally translating from the Latin mille (thousand) and pes (foot). Prior to this discovery the millipede recorded with the most legs had just 750. The finding was also significant as E. persephone is the first blind species in the whole order Polyzoniida (and in the Siphonotidae family). The species description was published recently and received a lot of media attention – an article was even featured in The New York Times! You can read the species description here.
20th April 2022