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Revision of the genus Aphistogoniulus

AutorInnen: 
Wesener, T., Enghoff , H., Hoffman, R. L., Wägele, J.-W., Sierwald, P.
Erscheinungsjahr: 
2009
Vollständiger Titel: 
Revision of the endemic giant fire millipedes of Madagascar, genus Aphistogoniulus (Diplopoda, Spirobolida, Pachybolidae).
Org. Einordnung: 
Publiziert in: 
International Journal of Myriapodology
Publikationstyp: 
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
DOI Name: 
http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/187525409X462403
Keywords: 
Aphistogoniulus, Madagascar, microendemism, intraspecific variation, biogeography
Bibliographische Angaben: 
Wesener, T., Enghoff , H., Hoffman, R. L., Wägele, J.-W., Sierwald, P. (2009). Revision of the endemic giant fire millipedes of Madagascar, genus Aphistogoniulus (Diplopoda, Spirobolida, Pachybolidae). International Journal of Myriapodology 3: 15–52.
Abstract: 

The Malagasy fire millipede genus Aphistogoniulus (Silvestri, 1897) is revised. All previously described species, A. cowani (Butler, 1882), A. erythrocephalus (Pocock, 1893), A. hova (de Saussure & Zehntner, 1897), A. corallipes (de Saussure & Zehntner, 1902), A. sakalava (de Saussure & Zehntner, 1897), are redescribed. Four new synonyms are confirmed: Aphistogoniulus sanguinemaculatus (Silvestri, 1897) new synonym of A. cowani, A. quadridentatus (Attems, 1910) new synonym of A. erythrocephalus, A. polleni Jeekel, 1971 and A. brolemanni Jeekel, 1971 new synonyms of A. hova. Scanning electron microscopy is utilized to investigate the sexual differences on the antenna, mandible and gnathochilarium in A. cowani. The intraspecific variation of the taxonomic characters within and between different populations of A. erythrocephalus (Pocock, 1893) is examined. Five new species (A. sanguineus Wesener, n. sp., A. infernalis Wesener, n. sp., A. diabolicus Wesener, n. sp., A. aridus Wesener, n. sp., A. vampyrus Wesener, n. sp.) are described, including the first records of the genus from the Malagasy spiny forest and azonal Western deciduous forest ecosystem. A key to Aphistogoniulus species is provided.

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