Previous research has shown that centipedes molt and develop new legless segments. Then, after the next molt, new segments regrow with fully formed legs. However, a team from the University of Tokyo refuted these data.
The team used a scanning electron microscope to examine a common centipede called Niponia nodulosa at various stages of molt and growth. This method allowed the centipedes to look at the microscopic details of their body surface and detect any changes.
The team also used another microscope, the CLSM, to look at what’s going on inside centipedes.
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