Schileyko, Аrkаdy А., 2018, A contribution to the knowledge of the centipedes of Saint Barthélemy Island (French Antilles), with re-descriptions of Newportia heteropoda Chamberlin, 1918 and Cormocephalus impressus Porat,, Zootaxa 4438 (1), pp. 59-78: 76

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List of Scolopendromorpha  of Saint Barthélemy Island

Data on the Chilopoda of St. Barthélemy Island is very scarce. In 1847, C.L. Koch described Scolopendra crudelis  from “Barthelmi”. Shelley (2006) recorded four species of the genus Scolopendra forAbout for this island: S. alternans  Leach, 1815 (p. 6 + Shelley 2002: 36) (erroneously noted by Bonato et al. (2016) as “Leach, 1913”; forAbout for details see Shelley 2006: 6–7), S. crudelis  (p. 13), S. morsitans  L., 1758 (p. 5) and S. subspinipes  Leach, 1815 (p. 7). Аs forAbout for the last two widespread species, they were undoubtedly introduced in this part of the New World.

Questel (2012) recorded from the St. Barthélemy Island S. morsitans  (Fig. 27), S. subspinipes  , S. alternans  , Cormocephalus  sp., Otostigmus  sp., Newportia  sp., “2 notAbout not identified genera” of Geophilomorpha and Scutigera  sp. Considering all those data and the results of the present study, the scolopendromorph fauna of St. Barthélemy Island currently contains 8 species belonging to 4 genera: Newportia  (family Scolopocryptopidae  ), Otostigmus  , Cormocephalus  and Scolopendra (all Scolopendridae  ). There are no endemic taxa, while 2 species ( S. morsitans  and S. subspinipes  ) seem to be introduced on the island due to human activity. Newportia longitarsis virginensis  , N. heteropoda  and Cormocephalus i. impressus  are recorded from the St. Barthélemy Island forAbout for the first time.

The lack of species of Scolopocryptops  , Newportia  ( Tidops  ), Rhysida  and Cryptops  , scolopendromorph taxa common in the region, can be explained by the relative youth of the island’s fauna and/or insufficient sampling. Аs the presence of Scolopocryptops  , Newportia  ( Tidops  ), Rhysida  and Cryptops is  quite probable at St. Barthélemy, I include them in the key marked with asterisk.


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