Cryptops brignolii Matic, 1977

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: 15-16

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Cryptops brignolii Matic, 1977


Cryptops brignolii Matic, 1977  Fig. 7

Cryptops brignolii  Matic, 1977 Frag. Ent. 13: 25, fig. 3 A-F.


( Matic’s (1977) data, some deduced from his figures). Length 17 mm. Colour yellow. Cephalic plate with very short longitudinal sutures extending only a short way back from the bases of the antennae, without posterior paramedian sutures. (Lateral pieces of labrum sinuous ( “fessurato”) with a basal tooth (Fig. 7). Anterior margin of forcipular coxosternite with 5 submarginal setae on each side. Poison gland calyx club-shaped and situated in forcipular femur and tibia. Pore field, with 38 small pores and 6 setae, occupying anterior 75% of coxopleuron. Ultimate leg with 5 tibial and 2 tarsal saw teeth ( Matic 1977, fig. 3 E shows three). Tarsi of legs 1-19 not divided.




Cryptops brignolii  is, according to Matic (1977), differentiated from Cryptops hortensis  by the structure of the labrum: this apparently unique character requires further investigation. Matic’s fig. 3F shows the coxopleural pore field with 6 setae but Cryptops hortensis  has a single seta in the pore field also no mention is made of ventral median longitudinal groove on the prefemur of ultimate leg which is one of the characters of the latter species. Zapparoli (1990a) records Cryptops brignolii  as a Turkish endemic and it is here retained. Examination of additional material is required to substantiate this and to establish its status.