Three centipede and cockroach species are newly named and placed under protection in Okinawa

Originally published on Sora News by Krista Rogers

It really bugs us that Japan has the prettiest bugs.

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has placed three rare species of arthropods native to Okinawa under immediate legal protection until June 30, 2024. Under Japanese law, the capture, killing, distribution, exportation, or unauthorized display of these species during this timeframe could result in imprisonment for up to five years or a fine of up to 5 million yen (US$45,270). The special protections are intended to save the species from extinction and make it easier for scientists to study them in the wild moving forward.

The protected species include

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