Illacme plenipes millipede
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Millipede with record number of legs rediscovered

A millipede with 750 legs has been rediscovered in California. It had mythical status because it had not been seen since 1926.

The Illacme plenipes millipede lives underground and has hundreds of legs for clinging to the rocks it lives on.

The females have up to 750 legs but the males have fewer, usually about 520 legs.

The most common type of millipede have about 62 legs, so this type is much leggier than usual.