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Species Pleuroloma flavipes

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Polydesmida (Flat-backed Millipedes)
Family Xystodesmidae
Tribe Rhysodesmini
Genus Pleuroloma
Species flavipes (Pleuroloma flavipes)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Fontaria virginiensis
Zinaria iowa
plus several other synonyms; see Internet References link below
This is the type species of Pleuroloma, described in 1820 by Rafinesque from a specimen collected in Greene County, New York
Explanation of Names
FLAVIPES: from the Latin "flavus" (yellow) + "pes" (foot); probably refers to the yellow legs in this species
Identification
dorsum blackish with roughened or wrinkled surface; may have yellow or orangish wedge-shaped marking on lateral margin of each segment but color pattern highly variable; legs yellow
[adapted in part from description by Rowland Shelley in comment here]
Range
central North Carolina and central Louisiana to Fargo, North Dakota, central Minnesota and Wisconsin, southern Michigan, Essex County, Ontario, Canada, and southern New York state
Habitat
wet leaf litter of deciduous forests (plus fields and open areas during migration)
Life Cycle
has a tendency to form aggregations or "swarms", and may migrate in great numbers on occasion
Remarks
page creation based on Rowland Shelley's identification of this image
See Also
The black and yellow coloration is similar to species of Cherokia and Boraria (see images of 2 species by Paul Marek)
Internet References
live adult image by Paul Marek, plus habitat (East Carolina U., courtesy myriapoda.org)
presence in North Carolina; article abstract (Rowland Shelley, Journal of Natural History, courtesy ingentaconnect.com)
presence in Texas and other areas; article abstract (Rowland Shelley et al, Entomological News, courtesy Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)
accounts of swarming and migration (Walter Ebeling, U. of California at Riverside)
classification and synonyms (Ulm University, Germany)
distribution maps of what appear to be synonyms of flavipes listed in the above German reference, with type localities and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)