The Black Mountain Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
Brachoria blackmountainensis individuals are about 44.1 mm long and 9.8 mm wide (females 44.8 mm X 10.6 mm). Color: Striped pink (8.75R 6/12, shown above) or yellow (1.25Y 7/14); and 3-spotted pink (3.75YR 7/12, shown above).
Brachoria blackmountainensis genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
Brachoria blackmountainensis, striped yellow (1.25Y 7/14) color morph. © Paul Marek
HabitatBrachoria blackmountainensis specimens were collected during the evening (16:39, Trace Branch) in a forest predominately comprising maple trees. Individuals were found beneath layers of accumulated decomposing leaf material adjacent to KY-160. On the summit of Black Mountain, the highest peak in Kentucky, specimens were collected during the evening (19:00) beneath decomposing leaves in a high elevation mixed mesophytic forest comprising oak and maple trees. Brachoria blackmountainensis occurs at the highest elevation of any other species of Brachoria from 727 – 1254.5 m. No other xystodesmids were encountered sympatrically at this locality. Note: Individuals of B. blackmountainensis may be confused in the field with Apheloria virginiensis corrugata and Cherokia georgiana latassa due to similarity in color patterns and overlap in distribution.
DistributionKnown only from the type locality on Black Mountain in Harlan Co., Kentucky. The closest known Brachoria species, B. hoffmani, occurs about 12 air km east near Halfway Branch, Wise County, Virginia.
Conservation statusBrachoria blackmountainensis is threatened by habitat loss due to agriculture (especially growing demand for paper products), coal mining, development, and the invasion of exotic species.
Marek P.E. 2010. A revision of the Appalachian millipede genus Brachoria Chamberlin, 1939 (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae: Apheloriini). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 159: 817-889.
About This PageWork 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).
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Marek, Paul. 2010. Brachoria blackmountainensis http://tolweb.org/Brachoria_blackmountainensis/144810/2010.09.16 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. The Black Mountain Mimic Millipede. Version 16 September 2010 (under construction).