Centipedes are arachnids

Millipedes: animal lexicon

Millipedes have a thousand feet, of course! Or maybe not? We did the count ... Find out more in the animal lexicon

Because of millipedes!

No more leg, no less leg. Taps at 750 feet Illacme plenipes through the undergrowth of California. And is the record holder - as a millipede with the most legs.

More than 13,000 species move across moist soil and wood around the world. But among all these millipedes there is no such thing as a millipede. Some have 16 legs, others 680. The name? Completely exaggerated! And yet the runners are on good terms.

General information about the millipede

Millipedes, or maybe Double-footed, belong to the arthropod tribe. The double-footed, scientifically Diplopoda, form the largest group of millipedes with around 10,000 known species.

You feel particularly comfortable in the damp forest floor, in crumbled wood and under stones. Double feet are crepuscular and nocturnal. They live on all continents (except for the polar regions). They are particularly common in the tropics.

The size and weight of a millipede

Double feet come in very different sizes. The longest species measures 30 centimeters. However, this is nothing compared to the millipedes that lived on Earth over 300 million years ago: These were animals over two meters long that are said to have killed prey the size of deer!

Millipede offspring

The females lay the fertilized eggs in small burrows in the ground. After a few days to weeks, larvae hatch and initially only have a few pairs of legs. Then they begin to molt and molt and molt. The number of body segments and legs increases.

Diet: what do millipedes eat?

In contrast to their predatory relatives, the centipedes, bipedes eat mainly plant waste and dead animal material.