The Alabama Pink-Striped Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
Brachoria enodicuma individuals are about 39.1 mm long and 10.9 mm wide (females 43.2 mm X 11.1 mm). Color: Striped yellow, salmon, or pink (some specimens have a small metatergal spots medially in addition to stripes).
Brachoria enodicuma genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
Brachoria enodicuma, striped pink color morph. © Paul Marek
HabitatBrachoria enodicuma specimens were collected during the day (12:00) from a dogwood, oak, and maple forest. Individuals were found on the NW facing bluff of the Tennessee River. One other xystodesmid encountered sympatrically at this locality is Cherokia georgiana latassa, which appears similar in coloration to B. enodicuma.
DistributionKnown only from the type locality on the bluffs of the Tennessee River in Jackson Co., Alabama. The distribution of B. enodicuma, close to the Tennessee River, was probably larger historically and before the impoundment of the section in 1939. The closest known Brachoria species, B. guntermountainensis, occurs about 16 air km southwest across the river; Brachoria hubrichti occurs about 7 air km NNE on the bluffs of the Tennessee River at Sublett Gap.
Conservation statusBrachoria enodicuma 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.
Keeton W.T. 1965. Descriptions of three new species of Brachoria, with notes on established species (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Xystodesmidae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 78: 225-240.
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.
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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