One foot, two feet …

What is an animal with one foot, two feet, three feet …?

An appendage, such as a foot or a leg, is used for locomotion – walking, moving, or running.

Ped or pod means foot (leg) or feet (legs).

A mollusk, such as a snail or a slug, is an example of an animal with one foot. It is a gastropod – it is a body of one piece. Gastropod means stomach foot.

An animal that walks with two feet is a biped. A bird is a biped.

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Gastropod

 

An animal that walks with three feet is a triped or a tripod. The Ipnopidae is also known as the Deepsea Tripod Fish, which rests on the bottom of the ocean on its two pelvic fins and its caudal fin. It does not really have three feet, but it looks like it does!

An animal that has four feet is a quadruped or a tetrapod. Many animals are tetrapods.

An animal with five legs is a pentapod. A sea star has five legs.

An animal with six legs is a hexapod. An insect is a hexapod.

An animal with eight legs is an octopod. An octopus is an octopod. A spider is an octopod. A scorpion is an octopod. A squid is an octopod called a cephalopod.

An animal with ten feet is a decapod. A shrimp is a decapod. A lobster is a decapod.

An animal with many legs (usually more than four legs) is a multiped or a myriapod. A centipede and a millipede are examples of myriapods.

An arthropod is an animal with an exo-skeleton (outer skeleton) that has jointed legs. Insects, arachnids (spiders and scorpions), and crustaceans (crabs, shrimp, and lobsters) are arthropods.

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Biped

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Quadruped 

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Pentapod

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Hexapod

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Octopod

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Decapod

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Myriapod 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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