Cryptops (Cryptops) anomalans Newport, 1844

Zapparoli, Marzio & Iorio, Etienne, 2012, The centipedes (Chilopoda) of Corsica: catalogue of species with faunistic, zoogeographical and ecological remarks, International Journal of Myriapodology 7, pp. 15-68 : 26-27

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Cryptops (Cryptops) anomalans Newport, 1844


13. Cryptops (Cryptops) anomalans Newport, 1844

Cryptops anomalans Newp.: Pocock 1894: 164. (1)

Cryptops anomolans [sic] lusitanus Verh.: Léger and Duboscq 1903: 310. (2)

Cryptops punctatus lusitanus Verh.: Verhoeff 1925a: 655. (3)

Cryptops anomalans Newport, 1844: Minelli 1978: 156 [pars]. (4)

Cryptops anomalans Newport, 1844: Iorio and Geoffroy 2008: 82. (5)

Cryptops (Cryptops) anomalans Newport, 1844: Geoffroy and Iorio 2009: 681. (6)

Literature records.

General. Sardinia-Corsica (3, 4, 6). Epigeic. Haute-Corse, 2B (5) - Bastia (1, 2) [I]. Vizzavona (2) [III].

General distribution.

Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, European Turkey, France (including Corsica?), Germany, mainland and insular Greece (incl. Crete), Hungary, Italy, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Romania, S. Ukraine (incl. Crimea), Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands; introduced in Britain and, probably, North America. Different authors have recorded Cryptops anomalans from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia (North Africa) (cf. Brölemann, 1921: 104, 1932: 49 as Cryptops Savignyi Leach, 1817); records from Tunisia are very probably due to misidentification and refer to Cryptops trisulcatus ( Akkari et al. 2008: 97); records from other countries need to be reassessed.



Ecological notes.

No records.


The older records of Cryptops anomalans and Cryptops anomalans lusitanus Verhoeff, 1896 from Corsica by Pocock (1894) and Léger and Duboscq (1903) respectively, thelatter subsequently recorded as Cryptops punctatus lusitanus by Verhoeff (1925a), are uncertain. One of us (MZ) belives they are based on misidentified specimens of Cryptops trisulcatus , a species that had not been described at the time (see also Akkari et al. 2008: 97). Although Pocock (1894) did not describe his material morphologically, the sparse information given by Léger and Duboscq (body length 26 mm, last pair of legs with tibial and tarsal saw of 12 and 5 teeth respectively) corresponds well with the description of Cryptops trisulcatus (cf. Brölemann 1930: 211) although Cryptops anomalans also has a similar pattern ( Iorio and Geoffroy 2008). With no current records available from the study area, the presence of Cryptops anomalans in Corsica still needs verification.

The citation of Corse-du-Sud, published in Iorio and Geoffroy (2008: 82) is erroneous and is herewith deleted from the list.