Myriapods have many legs

Centipedes, millipedes, and the two other groups of animals comprise the phylum Myriapoda. Centipedes and millipedes have a well-formed head and a long, flexible, segmented trunk that bears many pairs of legs (Figure 33.15). Centipedes, which have one pair of legs per segment, prey on insects and other small animals. Millipedes, which have two pairs of legs per segment, scavenge and eat plants. More than 3,000 species of centipedes and 10,000 species of millipedes have been described; many more species probably remain unknown. Although most myriapods are less than a few centimeters long, some tropical species are ten times that size.

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  • lillie
    How many legs does a myriapod have?
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