The Harman Mimic MillipedePaul Marek
Brachoria laminata individuals are about 45.6 mm long and 10.5 mm wide (females 46.0 mm X 10.9 mm). Color: Striped yellow.
Brachoria laminata genitalia - left male gonopodal acropodite (with setae removed): (Left) medial view and (Right) magnified apical view. © Paul Marek
HabitatIn Buchanan County, Brachoria laminata specimens were collected during the day (13:42) in a forest comprising birch, tulip poplar, and maple. In Tazewell County, millipedes were collected during the afternoon (17:00) near a seep in a rhododendron, hemlock and tulip poplar forest. Individuals were found beneath layers of decomposing leaf material. Other xystodesmids encountered sympatrically at these localities are: Brachoria hoffmani and Apheloria virginiensis corrugata. Note: Individuals of B. laminata may be confused in the field with B. hoffmani, B. ligula and A. virginiensis corrugata due to similarity in color patterns.
DistributionKnown only from near the type locality in Buchanan Co., Virginia and two other sites, in Tazewell Co., VA and McDowell Co., WV. The closest known Brachoria species, B. hoffmani, co-occurs with B. laminata at the Buchanan County locality. Brachoria campcreekensis and B. ligula occur about 31 air km north in Mercer County and about 26 air km east in McDowell County.
Conservation statusBrachoria laminata 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.
Keeton W.T. 1959. A revision of the millipede genus Brachoria (Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae) Proc. US Nat. Mus. 109: 1-58.
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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