Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wandering Leg Sausage

Crurifarcimen vagans
Today's animal has to have one of the best common names I've ever seen... or at least the most amusing. The Wandering Leg Sausage is a species that was only recently discovered in 2012, and it looks very much like the name it has been given.

Even its scientific name, Crurifarcimen vagans, translates to Sausage Leg that Wanders. It's it's not really a surprise why-- these large African Millipedes measure about 1.5cm in diameter and grow to lengths of up to 15in!

Despite their size, they are still not match far the Giant African Millipede, but they give them a run for their money. You'll find the Wandering Leg Sausages, as well as many, many other species, in Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountains.

IUCN Status : Not Listed
Location : Africa
Size : Body Length around 15in (38cm)
Classification : Phylum : Arthropoda -- Subphylum : Myriapoda -- Class : Diplopoda
Genus : Crurifarcimen -- Species : C. vagans

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