Meteor Man 3 : Centipede Central
A terrifying new species of giant centipede may have you second-guessing your next trip to the lake. A terrifying new species of giant centipede, pictured, may have you second guessing your next trip to the lake. Named Scolopendra cataracta, Latin for waterfall, it is the first known amphibious centipede. Scientists say the bug, pictured, can 'swim powerfully like an eel', while it can grow up to eight inches long. Scolopendra cataracta is the first-known amphibious centipede in the world.
It's name comes from the Latin word for waterfall. Researchers suspect it hunts in the water at night. Researchers describe the new species in a paper published last month in the journal ZooKeys. While it has many similarities to other species in the genus Scolopendra, DNA analysis and physical examination revealed this creature is unique.
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Named Scolopendra cataracta, from the Latin word for waterfall, the giant centipede is found in Southeast Asia and is thought to prowl the water at night hunting for aquatic or amphibious prey. Researchers say it behaves differently than all other Scolopendra centipedes, which hunt on land. While has many similarities with other species in the genus Scolopendra, DNA analysis and physical examination revealed this creature is unique.
The specimen was collected and taken to the Museum, where it was confirmed years later by colleague Gregory Edgecombe and his student Warut Siriwut, who had collected two others near waterfalls in Laos. Only four have ever been observed, National Geographic reports, including one specimen found in and wrongly identified as a different species. The researchers say it behaves differently than all other Scolopendra centipedes, which hunt on land.
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