A millipede species with up to 750 legs, the most recorded on any animal, has turned up in its tiny native range in California after decades with no sightings, biologists say.
The Illacme plenipes millipede has never been found beyond a 0.8-square-kilometer area in San Benito County, several hours south of San Francisco, explains millipede taxonomist Paul E. Marek of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. No biologist had recorded seeing it there since its discovery in 1926, even though specialists checked the area several times in recent years.
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