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Comparison of 2 species of Millipede in North Alabama - Brachoria

Comparison of 2 species of Millipede in North Alabama - Brachoria
Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA
May 17, 2009
Photo of another millipede we caught on the same day.

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Moved

Moved
Moved from Millipedes.

Nothing with the yellow bande
Nothing with the yellow banded color pattern is known from this area, so as I said below, I believe it is a form of Apheloria virginiensis, possibly a new subspecies restricted to the southern periphery of the generic range; it could also be a new species. The one with red margins is probably a species of the genus Brachoria, but it could also belong to the genus Sigmoria. A much closer photo of the gonopods, replacing the anterior legs on segment 7 might suffice, but it would probably be necessary to actually examine a preserved specimen. The gonopods are shown in the middle photo above, of the anterior/head end of the organism, but a much closer and higher power photo is needed. Both the Apheloria and the Brachoria/Sigmoria belong to the order Polydesmida, family Xystodesmidae. Rowland Shelley

 
Thanks
Thank you Dr. Shelley for the feedback. I will attempt to get a photo with higher magnification of the gonopods.

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