The Atavism

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Spinelessness - millipede

I have three talks to present next week so today's edition of Sunday Spinelessness will be short and sharp. In fact, here's an animal I can't say very much about at all, it's err... a millipede:


For an invertebrate evangelist being able to identify an animal only as far as 'millipede' is sort of like a being a cheerleader for the cute and cuddly and identifying a fury creature as "definitely being some sort of mammal" - faintly depressing. It's only thanks to the arrangement of feet that I can even get that far - centipedes have one pair legs per segment while this guy, and all millipedes have two. Interestingly*, despite the Latin roots of their names no millipede has as many as a thousand legs and, because they always have an odd number of leg bearing segments, no centipede has exactly a hundred.

Be sure to click on the image to see it in higher resolution.

*for certain values of interesting...

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Posted by David Winter 11:55 AM


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