The Virginia Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
Brachoria virginia individuals are about 45.5 mm long and 10.6 mm wide (females 48.2 mm X 12.2 mm). Color: 2-spotted red (shown above) or orange; and 3-spotted yellow (shown above).
Brachoria virginia genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
Brachoria virginia, 2-spotted orange color morph. © Paul Marek
HabitatBrachoria virginia specimens were collected during the day (11:00) in a forest predominately comprising maple trees. Individuals were found beneath layers of decomposing leaf material near Ketron Branch, within about 5 m from the water. No other xystodesmids were encountered sympatrically at this locality. Note: Individuals of B. virginia may be confused in the field with Apheloria virginiensis corrugata due to similarity in color patterns and overlap in distribution.
DistributionKnown only from the type locality in Scott Co., Virginia. The closest known Brachoria species, B. mendota, occurs about 10.5 air km north on Clinch Mountain in the town of Mendota, Washington County, Virginia.
Conservation statusBrachoria virginia 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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