The Cumberland Falls Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
Brachoria kentuckiana individuals are about 46.7 mm long and 11.6 mm wide (females 48.1 mm X 10.9 mm). Color: 3-spotted yellow (5Y 8.5/10, shown above), red (7.5R 6/12) or salmon (5R 5/12).
Brachoria kentuckiana genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
Brachoria kentuckiana, 3-spotted red (7.5R 6/12) color morph. © Paul Marek
HabitatBrachoria kentuckiana specimens were collected during the night (21:00) in a forest comprising hemlock, birch, and buckeye trees. Individuals were found beneath layers of decomposing leaf material at the bottom of a small gully that runs into the Cumberland River about 120 m to the east. One other xystodesmid encountered sympatrically at this locality is Cherokia georgiana latassa, which appears similar in coloration to B. kentuckiana.
DistributionKnown only from the type locality in Whitley Co., Kentucky. The closest known Brachoria species, B. divicuma, occurs about 18 air km northwest in Daniel Boone National Forest, Pulaski County, Kentucky.
Conservation statusBrachoria kentuckiana 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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