The Kentucky River Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
Brachoria electa individuals are about 38.4 mm long and 9.4 mm wide (females 39.0 mm X 10.5 mm). Color: Striped yellow (2.5Y 8.5/8); and striped yellow with small yellow metatergal spots medially.
Brachoria electa genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
Brachoria electa specimens were collected during the day (13:00) from a maple, birch, oak, and tulip poplar forest. Individuals were found in the small valley of Wildcat Creek, which runs into the Kentucky River. One other xystodesmid encountered sympatrically at this locality is Apheloria virginiensis corrugata, which appears similar in coloration with B. electa. Note: Individuals of B. electa may easily be confused in the field with A. virginiensis corrugata due to similarity in color patterns.
DistributionKnown only from the type locality in Anderson Co., Kentucky and one place, 23.76 km SE in Mercer County, KY, both sites of which are very close to the Kentucky River. The closest known Brachoria species, B. calceata, co-occurs with B. electa at their type localities.
Conservation statusBrachoria electa 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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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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