Myriapods of North Carolina
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View PDFXystodesmidae Members: 15 NC Records

Sigmoria austrimontis Shelley, 1981 - No Common Name

Class: Diplopoda (Millipedes) Family: Xystodesmidae Checklist Number: 488.00
Species Status: Originally described by Shelley (1981) as a subspecies of Sigmoria rubromarginata. Later raised to full species status by Shelley (1983) and listed as such in Hoffman's checklist (Hoffman, 1999)
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Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Shelley (1981) described this species as confined to the South Mountains, including portions in Burke, Cleveland, and Rutherford County. Shelley (2000) also lists Buncombe County for austromontis as a full species but doesn't given any details about the location; these records may refer to "integrades" that were mentioned in the original description of his two subspecies, some of which were recorded from Black Mountain in Buncombe County.
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Shelley (1981) described Sigmoria rubromarginata, which at that time included austrimontanis as a subspecies, as a cove-inhabiting species.
See also Habitat Account for General Montane Mesic Forests
Status in North Carolina
Natural Heritage Program Status: [SR]
Natural Heritage Program Ranks: [GNR] [S1S2]
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Comments: This species is endemic to a single mountain massif in North Carolina. As such, it should be considered as having a significant priority for conservation efforts.