Hubrichtís Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
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.
Brachoria hubrichti genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
HabitatBrachoria 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.
DistributionBrachoria 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 statusBrachoria hendrixsoni is threatened by habitat loss due to agriculture (especially growing demand for paper products), coal mining, development, and the invasion of exotic species.
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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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