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Flat-Backed Millipede (Apheloria montana) Crawling through moist leaf litter in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest/Keown Fall Trail in Walker County, Georgia, US.<br />
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Apheloria montana is a millipede belonging to the Xystodesmidae family. It also belongs to the Polydesmida order, one which has the capability of producing cyanide as a defense mechanism. A. montana has a limited range and is only found in isolated parts of Eastern Tennessee, SE Kentucky, SW Virginia, NC, and the Northern parts of Alabama and Georgia.  It is ranked as Vulnerable (S3) in both Tennessee and Virginia. Apheloria,Apheloria montana,Flat-Backed Millipede,Flat-backed Millipedes,Geotagged,Polydesmida,United States,Winter,Xystodesmidae,diplopoda,millipede,myriapod,myriapoda Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Flat-Backed Millipede (Apheloria montana)

Crawling through moist leaf litter in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest/Keown Fall Trail in Walker County, Georgia, US.

Apheloria montana is a millipede belonging to the Xystodesmidae family. It also belongs to the Polydesmida order, one which has the capability of producing cyanide as a defense mechanism. A. montana has a limited range and is only found in isolated parts of Eastern Tennessee, SE Kentucky, SW Virginia, NC, and the Northern parts of Alabama and Georgia. It is ranked as Vulnerable (S3) in both Tennessee and Virginia.

    comments (3)

  1. What a beauty, and much respect for having it identified. Most millipedes we have on the platform are not identified, usually due to a lack of source material.

    PS: I did remove "Flat-backed millipede" as the common name for this species, because this term is often used to refer to an entire family or even more species.
    Posted 5 months ago
    1. Sorry I didn't see this reply before!

      Fortunately, a millipede expert (working on his PhD) clued me in on this beauty's identity! It is rare to find it this far south!
      Posted 2 months ago
      1. Nice, that makes it even more special :) Posted 2 months ago

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Apheloria montana is a flat-backed millipede that is in the family Xystodesmidae.

Similar species: Polydesmida
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Apr 12, 2018. Captured Mar 11, 2018 09:04 in Forest Service Rd 702, LaFayette, GA 30728, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/2.8
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm