Embed Flat-Backed Millipede (Apheloria montana)

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.

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