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Family Choctellidae

Coiled millipede - Choctella cumminsi Coiled millipede - Choctella cumminsi Diplopoda - Choctella cumminsi millipede - Choctella cumminsi Choctella cumminsi - male Choctella cumminsi - male Choctella cumminsi - male Choctella cumminsi - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Spirostreptida
Family Choctellidae
Explanation of Names
Authors: Chamberlin & Hoffman, 1950
Numbers
1 genus; 2 species
Identification
Choctella cumminsi: Slightly larger, caramel-brown dorsal color pattern mottled and blends indistinctly to the sides of the millipede.
Choctella hubrichti: Slightly smaller, caramel-brown dorsal stripe is distinct and does not mottle and blend to the sides of the millipede.
Range
Endemic to the Cumberland Plateau. Choctella cumminsi is found in central Tennessee south through northern Alabama, mostly bounded in the southern part of its range by the Tennessee River; Choctella hubrichti occurs in central Alabama, in the Birmingham region.
Internet References
Hoffman, R. L. 1965. A second species in the diplopod genus Choctella (Spirostreptida: Choctellidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 78: 55-58. Available online from the Biodiversity Heritage Library