The Fire-footed Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
Brachoria flammipes individuals are about 44.6 mm long and 9.9 mm wide (females 48.6 mm X 10.7 mm). Color: Striped yellow (1.25Y 8/14, shown above) or red; and striped yellow (10YR 7/12) lateral paranotal spots but with orange (7.5YR 6/12) medial metatergal stripes.
Brachoria flammipes genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
Brachoria flammipes, striped red color morph. © Paul Marek
HabitatBrachoria flammipes specimens were collected during the evening (19:00) in a moist forest comprising maple, hemlock, dogwood, sycamore, birch, and tulip poplar trees. Individuals were found on a north-facing slope beneath layers of decomposing leaf material on the side of a trail above (south) Cawood Branch. Other xystodesmids encountered co-occurring with B. flammipes were Brachoria splendida, Apheloria virginiensis corrugata and a species of Nannaria. Note: Individuals of B. flammipes may be confused in the field with B. splendida and A. virginiensis corrugata due to similarity in color patterns. Nannaria is easy to distinguish; it has an olive drab color and a body length ~3/4 that of B. flammipes.
DistributionKnown only from the type locality in Leslie Co., Kentucky. The closest known Brachoria species, B. splendida, co-occurs with B. flammipes at Cawood Recreation Site. Brachoria gracilipes occurs about 17 km E in the town of Pine Mountain, Harlan County, Kentucky.
Conservation statusBrachoria flammipes 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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