Nannarrup hoffmani

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Nannarrup hoffmani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Chilopoda
Order: Geophilomorpha
Family: Mecistocephalidae
Genus: Nannarrup
Foddai, Bonato, Pereira & Minelli, 2003 [1]
Species: N. hoffmani
Binomial name
Nannarrup hoffmani
Foddai, Bonato, Pereira & Minelli, 2003 [1]

Nannarrup hoffmani, commonly known as Hoffman's dwarf centipede, is a species of centipede that was discovered in New York City's Central Park in 2002.[2] It is 10 mm long, and has 82 legs.[3] Researchers think that the species originated in East Asia and was carried to the United States in a shipment of imported plants.[4] The species is the first new species to be discovered in Central Park in more than a century. It is, possibly, the smallest known species of centipede.[3] The species is named after Dr. Richard L. Hoffman, former curator of invertebrates at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, for his role in helping to identify the species.[3]


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