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'Centipede from Hell' discovered underground


Posted on Wednesday, 1 July, 2015 | Comment icon 13 comments

The centipede was found in a cave system in Croatia. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Denlah
A new species of centipede has been found inside a cave system 4,700ft below the Earth's surface.
Known as the Hades centipede in reference to the Greek god of the underworld, the new predatory arthropod was found within the Lukina jama-Trojama cave system in Croatia which is currently ranked 15th on the list of the world's deepest caves.

The centipede appears to have adapted perfectly to its environment deep inside the planet where it ekes out an existence feasting upon insects that it can immobilize with its deadly bite.


"When I first saw the animal and its striking appearance, I immediately realized that this is a new, hitherto unnamed species," said lead author Pavel Stoev of the National Museum of Natural History.

Very little is actually known about the creatures that lurk in some of the deepest places of the world with cave systems such as the one in Croatia offering undiscovered ecosystems filled with bizarre and unusual species quite unlike their surface counterparts.

The deepest known cave on Earth, Krubera Cave in Georgia, descends to a depth of 5,610ft.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (13)

Tags: Centipede, Caves

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Xomon on 1 July, 2015, 20:35
Not as scary looking as I thought.... But man centipedes in my mind are like the scariest bug ever. Way more disgusting than spiders.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 1 July, 2015, 22:50
These creepy crawlies TOTALLY ruin the romance and adventure of caves for me. I would bug bomb any cave system I might decide to explore first before entering. Also, to flush out any flesh eating troglodyte evolutionary throwbacks living in it, so no "The Descent" movie scenarios.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Kenemet on 1 July, 2015, 23:08
It's a pretty tiny arthropod... looks to be an inch or so in length. From the name, I was expecting something the size of the Giant Texas Red-headed Centipede (note: if bugs make you nervous, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK) http://www.whatsthat...ede-from-texas/
Comment icon #7 Posted by mskate on 2 July, 2015, 0:42
I don't see it?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Athena1979 on 2 July, 2015, 1:55
Agreed. Centipedes are way creepier than spiders. And would not want to ever see one of these any bigger than an inch.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Xomon on 2 July, 2015, 2:34
It's a pretty tiny arthropod... looks to be an inch or so in length. From the name, I was expecting something the size of the Giant Texas Red-headed Centipede (note: if bugs make you nervous, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK) http://www.whatsthat...ede-from-texas/ My god, that is an abomination. I love how the poster to that web site all acted nonchalant like he just found a little rolly polly in the grass as opposed to a multicolored horror show with hundreds of legs. P.S. - I love rolly pollies, they are so cute.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Lugal on 2 July, 2015, 4:28
It's a pretty tiny arthropod... looks to be an inch or so in length. From the name, I was expecting something the size of the Giant Texas Red-headed Centipede (note: if bugs make you nervous, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK) http://www.whatsthat...ede-from-texas/ You just gave my another reason not to avoid Texas Damn thats nasty
Comment icon #11 Posted by Melgwenen on 2 July, 2015, 8:09
I wonder if there's much more to that Eco system............... Is there something bigger that eats the centipedes? That's a scarier thought than the centipedes xx
Comment icon #12 Posted by UFO_Monster on 2 July, 2015, 14:20
I was expecting something more like this: That was a fun boss to slay Dark Souls. Honestly, it doesn't look that bad to me. I was expecting something much more spiny and big. And even though it is not classified as a centipede, the extinct Hallucigenia sparsa will always have my vote for "Creepy Crawly that most likely came from the pits of Hell." This specimen doesn't look quite as nightmarish as that thing.
Comment icon #13 Posted by sonofkrypton on 7 July, 2015, 9:33
These creepy crawlies TOTALLY ruin the romance and adventure of caves for me. I would bug bomb any cave system I might decide to explore first before entering. Also, to flush out any flesh eating troglodyte evolutionary throwbacks living in it, so no "The Descent" movie scenarios. HAHA i loved this, you'd be the only scientist to only discover DEAD new species


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