A total of 17 new animal species have been discovered in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, including one named after the world-famous American singer Taylor Swift.
Scientists discovered and named a new species of millipede Nannaria swiftae, a twisted-claw millipede, one of 16 new species from the Appalachian Mountains of the United States.
In a study published in the open-access journal ZooKeys, scientists Derek Hennen, Jackson Means, and Paul Marek of Virginia Tech describe the new species.
The newly identified millipedes have shiny caramel-brown to black bodies with white, red, or orange markings and white legs, are 18 to 38 mm long and feed on decaying leaves and other plant materials on the forest floor, and can be difficult to catch since they like to stay buried in the soil, sometimes almost entirely beneath the surface.
Hennen, the study’s lead author, is a Taylor Swift fanatic and was the one who chose to name one of the species after the singer.
“Her music helped me get through the highs and lows of graduate school, so naming a new millipede species after her is my way of saying thanks,” said Hennen.
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