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'Maerdy Monster' is new species of millipede

Posted on Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 | Comment icon 0 comments

The Maerdy colliery was shut down in 1990. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Chris Sampson
Scientists in the UK have discovered a previously unknown species of millipede at an old Welsh coal mine.
The 'Maerdy Monster', so-named due to its discovery at the former Maerdy colliery, is the first new species of millipede to have been discovered in the UK in almost 25 years.

It was found back in December by millipede expert Christian Owen.

"The Maerdy species is distinct from the four similar species and, therefore, will have to be formally described and named as a 'new species' in due course," said researcher Steve Gregory.

"It is not known whether this is a genuine native species, having colonised after the last Ice Age, or accidentally introduced into south Wales."

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