Thursday, August 9, 2012

Top 10 Animal Species With Most Number of Legs

Animals including humans have legs not just for locomotion but also to balance the weight of the entire body. But some animals, including insects are unique. They standout for the number of legs they exhibit. These animals have various attributes for the number of legs they have. Now, let’s take a glimpse in the life of those animals with multiple legs...

1. Millipede-Illacme plenipes - 750 Legs

This is a type of millipede that is found in California. It tops this list of having the most. However, the average is usually around 600, which still makes it to the number one spot. One should be advised that they are part of the phylum Arthropoda family which literally means jointed legs.

2. Centipede-Himuntarum Gabrielis - 354 Legs

These are also anthropodes which literally means jointed legs. They are known to have odd number of legs and never even. They have a rounded and flat face with antennas that are at a forward margin, 4 mandibles and 4 maxilae.

3. Centipede-Haploophilus subterraneus - 178 Legs

This is a different type of centipede then the one that was previously discussed. It should be noted that centipedes can have as little as 20 legs and as big as 354.

4. Millipedes-others - 30 Legs

Other millipedes other than the type in # 1 position are average. Many common species of millipedes have around 36 to 400 legs. It is still hard to count since there are 10,000 species which are distributed into 13 orders and 115 families.

5. Symphyians - 24 Legs

They are better known as garden centipedes and are basically soil-dwelling anthropods. They look like centipedes, but are smaller and shiny. As many of them get older, they grow more legs at each moult.

6. Caterpillar - 16 Legs

Did you know that caterpillars are really moths and butterflies? When caterpillars mature they go through the larval stage and become moths and butterflies. Shedding skin is quite common, especially in the final stage when they fasten themselves to a branch.

7. Woodlice - 14 Legs

These are basically cockroaches with flattened bodies. Interestingly enough, they have 19 pairs of appendages and 7 pairs of legs on their anterior part.

8. Crab / Shrimp - 10 Legs

It is hardly noticeable when we eat these foods that they have so many legs. I was really surprised about the crabs. How many of us knew?

9. Spider - 8 Legs

This is probably the least surprising. Most of us knew that spiders have 8 eyes and 8 legs.

10. Other Insects - 6 Legs

Ants, crickets, flies, mosquitoes are in this category. These insects have 6 legs. Many probably saw flies but never knew this.