New species:

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  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member


    New species of extremely leggy millipede discovered in a cave in Californiaby Staff WritersWashington DC (SPX) Oct 25, 2016

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    The new species (Illacme tobini) of extremely leggy millipede from a Sequoia National Park cave. Image courtesy Paul Marek, Virginia Tech. For a larger version of this image please go here.
    Along with many spiders, pseudoscorpions, and flies discovered and catalogued by the cave explorers, a tiny threadlike millipede was found in the unexplored dark marble caves in Sequoia National Park.

    The enigmatic millipede was sent to diplopodologists (scientists who specialize in the study of millipedes) Bill Shear and Paul Marek, who immediately recognized its significance as evolutionary cousin of the leggiest animal on the planet, Illacme plenipes.

    The new species may possess "only" 414 legs, compared to its relative's 750, yet, it has a similar complement of bizarre anatomical features, including a body armed with 200 poison glands, silk-secreting hairs, and 4 penises. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

    This new millipede, named Illacme tobini after cave biologist Ben Tobin of the National Park Service, is described by its discoverer Jean Krejca, at Zara Environmental LLC, and millipede taxonomists Paul Marek at Virginia Tech and Bill Shear, Hampden-Sydney College.
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  5. river

    New species it happens everyday guys .
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  7. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    Certainly, and all worth reporting which they of course are, particularly in science journals etc.
    A recent report about a new Dinosaur find in Australia is one.

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