Two albino millipedes have come out of their cavernous hiding places to represent an entirely new genus of these leggy organisms.
Scientists spotted the millipedes in caves on opposite sides of the Grand Canyon. One species was found in a cave on the South Rim and the other in two caves on the North Rim.
“We knew the millipedes likely represented two distinct species because the two populations were separated by the Grand Canyon,” said biologist J. Judson Wynne, a cave expert at Northern Arizona University who also works for the U.S. Geological Survey. “The fact these two species belong to an entirely new genus was a great surprise to us.”
No word yet on whether these are “flesh eating albino centipedes” +2 against elves, or “acid spitting albino centipedes” +1 at night.
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