Over several years (2004-2007), I sporadically conducted site visits to two privately owned caves in northern Arizona. Our findings included the documentation of a seasonal Townsend’s big-eared maternity roost within one cave, year round activity of tiger salamanders in the second cave, and the identification of at least two new species of cave-dwelling insects including a cave-limited millipede.



Shear, W. A., S. J. Taylor, J. J. Wynne and J. K. Krejca. 2009. Cave millipeds of the United States. VIII. New genera and species of polydesmidan millipeds from caves in the southwestern United States (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Polydesmidae and Macrosternodesmidae). Zootaxa2151: 47–65.


Popular Press

Descent Magazine, Abergavenny, United Kingdom, Cave Life in Abundance, p. 5 (April/May 2007). Caver’s Magazine.

Inside NAU, The Television Show, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, J. Judson Wynne discusses recent discovery of new millipede genus in northern Arizona caves (04 April 2007).

The Washington Post, New Millipedes Found in Caves (12 March 2007). National Newspaper.

MSNBC, New albino millipedes discovered: 'Living fossils' will help researchers understand how life evolved in caves (01 March 2007). Web Media.

Arizona Public Radio News (NPR Affiliate), Flagstaff, AZ - New Millipede Genus Discovery (20 February 2007). Regional Radio.