Brachychaeteuma sp
None of the UK's three species of Brachychaeteuma Millipedes have ever been recorded before in Nottinghamshire, so the record of this Brachychaeteuma from an Attenborough garden in early January 2016, is certainly representative of what species are waiting to be discovered, even within the confines of an urban garden. Unfortunately, two of the three UK Brachychaeteuma Millipedes are extremely difficult to determine to species level and require an adult male to do so. Even then, there is great variability in the male gonopods. To make matters slightly worse for Tim Sexton (who found the specimen and sent us these photographs for inclusion) it was a female and so remains as Brachychaeteuma sp, but is either B. bagnalli or possibly B. bradeae. A second unidentifiable female Brachychaeteuma sp, was collected by Derek Whiteley from Pleasley Vale in February 2016 and there have also been recent records from gardens at Mapperley and Mansfield Woodhouse.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Brachychaeteuma sp
 
Undetermined Brachychaeteuma sp recorded from a Mansfield Woodhouse garden, March 2017.
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Tim Sexton. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Derek Whiteley.

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Updated February 2017

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