Preamble of Jeff Matthews
The worms crawl in/ The worms crawl out
The worms play pinochle on your snout
They eat your coat/ They eat your hat
They crawl in skinny/ They crawl out fat
If that bit of gruesome childhood verse makes you nostalgic, have a look at this little critter.
The newly discovered world’s deepest-dwelling centipede - found as much as 3,600 feet below the surface - is in Croatia, a new study reports. The centipede was found in three caves in the Velebit mountain range, along the Adriatic Coast. Centipedes are carnivores that feed on other invertebrates, and the newly described species is well equipped. It has powerful jaws with poison glands and long, curved claws that allow it to clutch its prey. And like other cave-dwelling arthropods, it has elongated antennas, trunk segments and leg claws. Researchers named the centipede Geophilus hadesi, after Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, and describe it in the journal ZooKeys.
G. hadesi is one of only two known species of centipedes that never leave their cavernous homes. The other underground dweller, Geophilus persephones (named for the queen of the underworld, Persephone), was first discovered in a cave in France in the 1990s. G. hadesi was named with this mythical queen in mind, according to Pavel Stoev, an associate professor of zoology at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia, Bulgaria, and lead author of the paper detailing the new centipede species.
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Detail - Lion v/s Centipede
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