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Genus or species? - Apheloria tigana

Genus or species? - Apheloria tigana
Black Creek, Cary, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
May 12, 2005
Spotted travelling across the greenway. Others I've seen similar to this one have black legs, not yellow.

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Genus or species? - Apheloria tigana Genus or species? - Apheloria tigana

Apheloria tigana
Apheloria tigana is the dominant xystodesmid millipede in central North Carolina, particularly the "Triangle" (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region). Individuals typically have yellow paranota (lateral segmental expansions on the dorsa), a yellow middorsal spot on the anterior margin of the collum or 1st segment, and yellow middorsal spots on the caudalmost 3-5 segments. In central NC south of the Deep/Cape Fear Rivers there is a different and undescribed species with yellow middorsal splotches on essentially every segment.

Yellow-Spotted Millipede?
Except this one has yellow legs while all the other ones I've seen have black legs.

Another sighting in NC
My wife just captured one of these in the strangest location. We live in an apartment and this millipede was found crawling around up on the second floor landing, far from any vegetation or forest substrate. This one does have yellow legs.

This was captured in south Durham, North Carolina.

My five year old daughter fancies herself an amateur entomologist and derives more joy out of keeping "creepy crawlies" than the fish and herptiles we've given her (both of her parents are herpetophiles). If we do not let her handle the millipede, is it safe to keep in captivity? What sort of environment should we provide? Food?

Identification of this millipede
Dr. Rowland Shelley at the NC museum of Life science identified these for me

Apheloria tigana (order
Polydesmida: family Xystodesmidae)

Please note that I am at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, an official state agency and a division of the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources. The Museum of Life & Sciences is a private institution in Durham.

I've made a new guide page for it.

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