Extremely leggy, male millipede discovered in a cave in California

Main report: New species of extremely leggy millipede discovered in a cave in California
(Phys.org)
Other Reporting: New York Times, Gizmodo, Hanford Sentinel
Scientific Paper: Zookeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Illacme tobini
Species named for: Ben Tobin, Cave Specialist and Hydrologist at Grand Canyon National Park
Categories: Myriapods | New Species
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Just in time for Halloween, researchers have uncovered a new species of millipede that boasts an impressive array of features guaranteed to make you squirm.  Illacme tobini, a newly described species of millipede discovered in a dark cave at California’s Sequoia National Park, features 200 poison glands, silk-secreting hairs, and four penises.  Illacme tobini sp. n. is a short-range endemic restricted to the base of Yucca Mountain between the North and Marble forks of the Kaweah River in Sequoia National Park, California. The species is only known to occur in one small cave.

Illacme tobini, an extremely leggy millipede from a Sequoia National Park cave. Credit: Paul Marek, Virginia Tech

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