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Monday, June 27, 2016
'Horrific' First Amphibious Centipede Discovered
Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water—look out for giant, swimming centipedes!
Scientists have recently described the world’s first known amphibious centipede. It belongs to a group of giant centipedes called Scolopendra and grows up to 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) long.
Like all centipedes, it is venomous and carnivorous. Thankfully, this new water-loving species appears to live only in Southeast Asia. The creature’s description was published last month in the journal ZooKeys.
George Beccaloni of the Natural History Museum in London was on his honeymoon in Thailand in 2001. And like any good entomologist, he was looking for bugs.
“Wherever I go in the world, I always turn over rocks beside streams, and that’s where I found this centipede, which was quite a surprise,” says Beccaloni.
“It was pretty horrific-looking: very big with long legs and a horrible dark, greenish-black color,” he says. When Beccaloni lifted the rock it was
hiding under, the centipede immediately escaped into the stream, rather
than into the forest. It ran along the stream bed underwater and
concealed itself under a rock...more