Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University and Hosei University have discovered a new species of large tropical centipede, widely known as the millepede.
The herbivore is a type of multiplayer creeping, living in damp places near rivers and beaches, and its diet depends on night hunting for insects.
The newly discovered organism is the third amphibious centipede, meaning that it lives in both water and land. It has been identified in the world and is the largest in the region, with a length of 20 centimeters and a thickness of about two centimeters.
It is also the first new centipede to be recognized in Japan in 143 years and is evidence of the amazing biodiversity of the Ryukyu Archipelago.
The Ryukyu Archipelago is a group of islands located in the western Pacific Ocean, characterized by a unique environmental diversity, subtropical climate, and high rainfall.
The new species belongs to the genus of large tropical centipedes known as Scolopendra, one of the original races named after the great scientist who is the legitimate father of the modern classification Carl Linnaeus.
The genetic analysis confirmed that the new centipede differs from any of its species, and it is the largest species of centipedes found in Japan and Taiwan.
There are about 100 different species in the tropics around the world, of which only 5 have been identified in Japan and Taiwan.