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Cedar glade mimic millipede

Cedar glade mimic millipede This millipede is the species Brachoria cedra Keeton, 1959 from the The Cedars Natural Area Preserve in Lee County, Virginia. The Cedars Preserve is a wonderful limestone glade habitat, and it gets its name from the … Continue reading

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The luminous mountain millipedes

This week, we published a study documenting the rediscovery of the millipede Xystocheir bistipita, which turns out to be bioluminescent and a species of Motyxia, the Luminous mountain millipedes (Marek & Moore, 2015). A few folks have asked what the … Continue reading

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Why study bioluminescence?

The bioluminescent jellyfish Aequorea victoria is the source of green fluorescent protein (GFP) Credit: Sierra Blakely, Wikimedia Commons My research team, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), explores bioluminescence—the biological production of light by natural chemical reactions.   … Continue reading

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Collecting millipedes on Brush Mountain

(left to right) Paul Marek, Jackson Means, Katy Lawler, Nina Zegler and Elizabeth Francis On Friday, we collected millipedes on Brush Mountain near Blacksburg, Virginia. We found the genera Narceus, Pseudopolydesmus, Apheloria, Rudiloria, and Nannaria. Other fascinating discoveries included several … Continue reading

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A poem

Beautiful Millipedes I dreamed I am a millipede So beautiful and happy indeed What genus to be? Well, let’s see! Brachoria, Motyxia or Illacme Each with their own species Some with colors bright Some glow at night Brachoria, with species … Continue reading

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Pinwheel of millipedes

A quarter pinwheel of millipedes of the species Brachycybe lecontii Wood, 1864 A murder of crows, a murmuration of starlings…a pinwheel of millipedes? Last week, Dr. Matt Kasson, his student Cameron, and I went on an expedition to find the … Continue reading

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Terraformer millipede

This millipede is Narceus americanus (Palisot de Beauvois, 1817) that I found curled up in the trunk of a live tree. At night, N. americanus is known to climb trees and graze on algae and fungus adhering to the surface … Continue reading

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Fieldwork at La Selva, Costa Rica

In search of millipedes, we’re dismantling this fantastically rotten log in La Selva, Costa Rica [left to right: Petra Sierwald, curator at the Field Museum; Jackson Means, grad student in the lab; Jason Bond, professor at Auburn University; Paul Marek, … Continue reading

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Fieldwork in Costa Rica

Sphaeriodesmid millipede from La Selva, Costa Rica (collected by J. Means) Last week, Jackson Means and I were in Costa Rica collecting material for an NSF project. Overall the trip was successful and we collected lots of fresh material for … Continue reading

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Myriapodologica, now online

With kind permission from the Virginia Museum of Natural History (Martinsville, Virginia) and special thanks to Tim McCoy for digitizing, we are proud to announce that the journal Myriapodologica is now available online and open access. Published from 1978 – … Continue reading

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