Cryptops hortensis hortensis (Donovan, 1810),

Lewis, John G. E., 2011, A review of the species in the genus Cryptops Leach, 1815 from the Old World related to Cryptops (Cryptops) hortensis (Donovan, 1810) (Chilopoda, Scolopendromorpha, International Journal of Myriapodology 4, pp. 11-50: 20-21

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Cryptops hortensis hortensis (Donovan, 1810)


Cryptops hortensis hortensis (Donovan, 1810)  Figs 39-44

Scolopendra hortensis  Donovan, 1810 The Natural History of British Insects 14: 23.

Cryptops hortensis  var. pseudopunctatus Verhoeff, 1901 Nova Acta Acad. Caesar. Leop. Carol. 77: 431.

Cryptops hortensis pauciporus  Br√∂lemann, 1908 Bull. Soc hist. nat. Toulouse 41: 65.

Cryptops aenariensis  Verhoeff, 1943 Zool. Anz. 142:76, figs 7-10.

Cryptops longipes  Goux, 1950 Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon 19: 195.


Length: about 20 mm. Without dark subcutaneous pigment. Cephalic plate with very short anterior longitudinal sutures extending only a short way back from the bases of the antennae, without posterior paramedian sutures. Clypeus with a pair of post-antennal setae, 4-12 somewhat irregular clypeals and 6-12 prelabrals. Labral sidepieces not notched. Anterior margin of forcipular coxosternite barely protuberant, with about four setae on each side on the anterior margin (Fig. 39). Poison gland calyx club-like (Fig. 40), somewhat variable in shape, situated mainly in the forcipular tibia. Posterior margin of sternite 21 slightly concave. Coxopleural pore field with about 30 pores, not extending to posterior margin, usually containing a single seta (Fig. 41), sometimes without. Prefemur of ultimate leg with ventral median longitudinal groove. With 5-9 tibial (Fig. 42) and 2-4 tarsal saw teeth (Fig. 43). Pretarsal accessory spurs of legs 1-20 very small (Fig. 44).


Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Morocco, Iberia, France (incl. Corsica), Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Italy (incl. Sardinia and Si cily), Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Albania, mainland and insular Greece (incl. Crete), Bulgaria, Romania, N-Turkey, Ukraine, European Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan; introduced into United States, Hawaii, Canada, St. Helena; Australia (Tasmania), Christmas Island. Synanthropic in Scandinavia (Sweden, Finland).


Cryptops hortensis pauciporus  Brolemann, 1908 has no seta in the pore field. Pichler (1987) under Cryptops  cf. hortensis described specimens from 1,000-1,300 m in Nordtirol, Austria, without the pronounced longitudinal ventral groove in ultimate prefemur seen in Cryptops hortensis  and suggested that further sampling would be required to clarify its status.