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Common Eastern Millipede up close

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

Common Eastern Millipede up close

Millipedes don’t really have 1,000 legs, but rather are characterized by the fact that each of their body segment bears two pairs of extremities (versus a single pair per body segment in centipedes). This feature can be observed nicely in this close-up photograph of a common eastern millipede (Narceus americanus), a species found in wooded habitats throughout eastern and central U.S. With a total length of up to 4 inches this is an impressive invertebrate! Even though it is big, it is completely harmless. Unlike their centipede ‘cousins’, millipedes lack the modified...

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