Brachydesmus (Eubrachydesmus) superus Latzel, 1884,

Golovatch, Sergei, Evsyukov, Aleksandr & Reip, Hans, 2016, The millipede family Polydesmidae in the Caucasus (Diplopoda: Polydesmida), Zootaxa 4085 (1), pp. 1-51: 18-19

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Brachydesmus (Eubrachydesmus) superus Latzel, 1884
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Brachydesmus (Eubrachydesmus) superus Latzel, 1884 

Fig. 9View FIGURE 9, Map 3

Brachydesmus  superus— Muralewicz, 1907: 340, 349 (R); 1927: 6 (R); Zuev, 2014: 349 (R).

Material examined. 5 males, 11 females ( ZMUM), RUSSIA, Stavropol Prov., Zheleznovodsk, park at foot of Mt Zheleznaya , litter and under stones, 30.V.1982, leg. S. Golovatch. 

5 males, 7 females ( ZMUM), ABKHAZIA, Nizhnyaya Yashtukha near Sukhumi , tobacco plantation, 29.III.1987, leg. A. Markossian. 

Descriptive notes. Length ca 6.5 – 10 mm, width of midbody metazonae 0.8 – 1.2 mm (male, female), metazonite to prozonite width ratio <1.6 ( Fig. 9 AView FIGURE 9). Live coloration usually uniformly light grey-brown to pallid.

All characters as in B. assimilis  ( Fig. 9View FIGURE 9), except as follows. Tegument particularly shiny ( Fig. 9 AView FIGURE 9). Paraterga mostly poorly declivous, only slightly rounded laterally; caudolateral corner obtuse-angled only until segment 6, pointed or nearly pointed and increasingly well drawn behind rear tergal margin starting with segment 11 or 12 ( Fig. 9AView FIGURE 9). Fore margins of paraterga largely straight, anterolateral corner angular. Tergal setae a little longer, mostly sharp. Male prefemora strongly bulging laterad. Gonopod ( Fig. 9BView FIGURE 9) unipartite, slender, only slightly falcate, ventrally with several teeth or spines and a prominent hairy pulvillus (pu) in distal part.

Remarks. Zuev’s (2014) claim for the first record of this ubiquitous anthropochore species in the Caucasus (at Stavropol) is wrong, as he had overlooked Muralewicz’s (1907, 1927) reports from Vladikavkaz, from between Balta and Lars, N Ossetia, and from Sukhumi, Abkhazia. However, those two latter records are not mapped here pending verification (Map 3).

ZMUM

Zoological Museum, University of Amoy

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Diplopoda

Order

Polydesmida

Family

Polydesmidae

Genus

Brachydesmus

Loc

Brachydesmus (Eubrachydesmus) superus Latzel, 1884

Golovatch, Sergei, Evsyukov, Aleksandr & Reip, Hans 2016
2016
Loc

Brachydesmus

Zuev 2014: 349
Muralewicz 1907: 340
1907