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Millipede (Polydesmida) - Apheloria virginiensis

Millipede (Polydesmida) - Apheloria virginiensis
Governor Dodge State Park (Pine Cliff State Natural Area), Iowa County, Wisconsin, USA
June 19, 2006
I almost walked right by this colorful millipede, but happened to notice the color and then that it was moving. It was at the top of a large bluff with a stand of mixed pines and hardwoods (including all three species native to Wisconsin--red, white, and jack pines) in the Pine Cliff State Natural Area (a part of Governor Dodge State Park).

Moved from Polydesmida.

Iowa Co., WI
I don't know the subspecies (it isn't corrugata or montana), but the only xystodesmid like this that occurs in Wisconsin is Apheloria virginiensis (Drury, 1777). I am formally reporting the species from Wisconsin for the first time in a paper presently in press. Southern Wisconsin is at the northern range extremity in this part of the US.

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