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Brachoria hubrichti Keeton 1959

Hubrichtís Mimic Millipede

Paul Marek
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Containing group: Brachoria

Characteristics

Brachoria hubrichti individuals are about 43.0 mm long and 10.4 mm wide (females 43.49 mm X 10.9 mm).  Color: Combined striped and 2-spotted, purple medial metatergal stripes, pink lateral paranotal spots.

 

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Brachoria hubrichti genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek

 

 

Habitat

Brachoria hubrichti specimens were collected during the day (16:30) on the north facing bank of Barren Fork in a maple forest in McMinnville, Tennessee.  Individuals were found beneath layers of decomposing leaf material, predominately maple, about 20 m above (south) of the river.  One other xystodesmid encountered sympatrically at this locality is Brachoria initialis, which appears similar in coloration with B. hubrichti.  It is unknown whether this similarity is a result of mimicry.

Distribution

Brachoria hubrichti is known from the Eastern Highland Rim east to the western rolling hills of the Ridge and Valleys of Tennessee.  It is predominately in an area surrounding the Sequatchie Valley from Tennessee to northeastern Alabama.  Individuals have been collected from about a dozen localities in Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Putnam, Sequatchie, Warren, and White counties in Tennessee, and Jackson County, Alabama.

Conservation status

Brachoria hendrixsoni is threatened by habitat loss due to agriculture (especially growing demand for paper products), coal mining, development, and the invasion of exotic species.

References

Marek P.E. 2010. A revision of the Appalachian millipede genus Brachoria Chamberlin, 1939 (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae: Apheloriini). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 159: 817-889.

Keeton W.T. 1959. A revision of the millipede genus Brachoria (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae) Proc. US Nat. Mus. 109: 1-58.

Hoffman R.L. 1999. Checklist of the millipeds of North and Middle America. Virginia Museum of Natural History Special Publication. No. 8. Martinsville: Virginia Museum of Natural History.

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Scientific Name Brachoria hubrichti
Location USA, Tennessee, Warren Co.
Reference Marek P.E. 2010. A revision of the Appalachian millipede genus Brachoria Chamberlin, 1939 (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae: Apheloriini). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 159: 817-889.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex m
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Collection FMNH
Collector Paul Marek
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About This Page
Work on the millipede Tree of Life pages was supported by a U.S. National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to Paul Marek and Jason Bond (DEB 0607996) and a Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy Grant to Petra Sierwald, Jason Bond, and William Shear (DEB 0529715).

Paul Marek
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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