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But these appendages, called gonopods, don't develop when the animal is an embryo, instead appearing during a molt later in life.
This new genus was confirmed by analysis of the eighth pair of legs (or gonopods) on the male specimens.
Now, researchers have finally figured out how the gonopods form: two of the animal's legs retract and degenerate, and the rudiments undergo what's somewhat like a second bit of embryonic development, forming the gonopods.