Antheromorpha pardalis (Pocock, 1895)

Likhitrakarn, Natdanai, Golovatch, Sergei I. & Panha, Somsak, 2016, Review of the Southeast Asian millipede genus Antheromorpha Jeekel, 1968 (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Paradoxosomatidae), ZooKeys 571, pp. 21-57: 26-27

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Antheromorpha pardalis (Pocock, 1895)


Taxon classification Animalia Polydesmida Paradoxosomatidae

Antheromorpha pardalis (Pocock, 1895)  Figs 3D, E, 21

Orthomorpha pardalis  Pocock, 1895: 815 (D).

Orthomorpha pardalis  - Attems 1898: 327 (D); 1914: 192 (D); 1930: 132 (D); 1936: 205 (M); 1937: 94 (M).

" Orthomorpha " pardalis  - Jeekel 1963: 269 (M).

Antheromorpha pardalis  - Jeekel 1968: 57 (M); Jeekel 1980: 82 (D); Nguyen and Sierwald 2013: 1235 (M).


This species was described and still remains known only from a single ♀, the holotype which comes from Palon in Pegu, Myanmar ( Pocock 1895) and is kept in the Genova Museum, Italy ( Jeekel 1980). The species is similar to Antheromorpha miranda  (Pocock, 1895), but has a different colour pattern of the metaterga, the latter showing yellowish paramedian spots in front of the transverse sulcus (versus yellowish paramedian stripes), coupled with the sulcus starting with segment 2 (versus segment 5). Since the colour pattern is one of the most important taxonomic characters for species discrimination in the genus, Antheromorpha pardalis  for the time being is regarded as a separate species. However, only the discovery of topotypical ♂ specimens can provide decisive information concerning the identity of this species ( Jeekel 1980).