Illacme plenipes Cook & Loomis, 1928



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1928

Rediscovered in 2005



California, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Cook, O. and Loomis, H. (1928). Millipeds of the order Colobognatha, with descriptions of six new genera and type species, from Arizona and California. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 72: 1-26.


Other references:

Marek, Paul and Bond, Jason. (2006). Rediscovery of the world’s leggiest animal. Nature 441: 707. [Abstract]

Paul Marek, William Shear, Jason Bond. (2012). A redescription of the leggiest animal, the millipede Illacme plenipes, with notes on its natural history and biogeography (Diplopoda, Siphonophorida, Siphonorhinidae). ZooKeys, 2012; 241 (0): 77 DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.241.3831

Pensoft Publishers. (2012, November 14). Leggiest animal on Earth lives in outskirts of Silicon Valley. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 13, 2013, from­ /releases/2012/11/121114113450.htm


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