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The Giant Pill-Millipedes of Madagascar...

AutorInnen: 
Wesener, T., Sierwald P.
Erscheinungsjahr: 
2005
Vollständiger Titel: 
The Giant Pill-Millipedes of Madagascar: Revision of the Genus Sphaeromimus, with a Review of the Morphological Terminology (Diplopoda, Sphaerotheriida, Sphaerotheriidae)
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Publiziert in: 
Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences
Publikationstyp: 
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Keywords: 
Sphaeromimus, Sphaerotheriidae, giant pill-millipedes, Madagascar, Diplopoda
Bibliographische Angaben: 
T. Wesener, Sierwald P. (2005b). The Giant Pill-Millipedes of Madagascar: Revision of the Genus Sphaeromimus, with a Review of the Morphological Terminology (Diplopoda, Sphaerotheriida, Sphaerotheriidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Fourth Series, 56 (29): 557–599
Abstract: 

The Malagasy sphaerotheriid genus Sphaeromimus DeSaussure and Zehntner, 1902 is revised. Known heretofor from a single male specimen, the genus now contains three species, Sphaeromimus musicus (DeSaussure and Zehntner, 1897), Sphaeromimus splendidus sp. nov. and Sphaeromimus inexpectatus sp. nov. The female of S. musicus is described here for the first time. The mouthparts of giant pill millipedes were observed for the first time using scanning electron microscopy and species- and genus-level characters are illustrated. Intraspecific variation of the female stridulatory organ, the "washboard" is described. For the first time in Malagasy Sphaerotheriida, some ecological comments are given. Characters found in the male telopods and female stridulatory organ (the washboard) indicate that characters employed previously for the definition of subfamilies and tribes cannot be maintained and the monophyly of such groups remains questionable.

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