Agathodesmus carorum, Mesibov, Robert, 2013

Mesibov, Robert, 2013, New species of Agathodesmus Silvestri, 1910 from Australia (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Haplodesmidae), ZooKeys 325, pp. 33-64: 44-46

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Agathodesmus carorum

sp. n.

Agathodesmus carorum  sp. n. Fig. 7B


Male, Imlay Road, NSW, 37°07'40"S, 149°27'28"E ± 25 m, 610 m a.s.l., 11 November 2006, C. Car, G. Car, R. Mesibov and T. Moule, NMV K-11879.


NMV: 1 male (K-11882), 1 stadium 6 female (K-11883), Nadgee State Forest, S of Eden, NSW, 37°23'56"S, 149°49'18"E ± 25 m, 260 m a.s.l., 12 November 2006, C. Car, G. Car, R. Mesibov and T. Moule; 2 females, same details but 37°24'54"S, 149°48'57"E, 230 m a.s.l., K-11880-11881.

Other material.

NMV: 1 male (K-11884), 2 females (K-11885), Dyer Creek, near Murrungowar, Vic, 37°38'26"S, 148°43'24"E ± 25 m, 170 m a.s.l., 8 November 2006, R. Mesibov and T. Moule; 1 male, Cabbage Palms Flora Reserve, Vic, 37°44'39"S, 148°38'55"E ± 25 m, 30 m a.s.l., 10 April 2011, R. Mesibov, K-11886.

Diagnostic description.

Male and female with head + 19 rings. Colour in alcohol pale white. Male/female ca 4.0/4.5 mm long; ring 12 maximum diameter ca 0.4/0.5 mm, maximum width ca 0.5/0.6 mm. Metatergal tubercles in ca 6 irregular transverse rows, mostly without setae; metatergal setae short; 3 lateralmost tubercles enlarged, forming narrow pseudo-paranotum. Male leg 6 without coxal projection. Telopodite (Fig. 7B) with pp slightly curved posteriorly, widening distally; at in transverse plane, long, tapering to blunt point and curving posteromedially; dp directed posterobasally at base; mab directed posterolaterally at ca 90° to pp axis, then curving basally, the distal margin emarginate in its medial portion; meb not divided, bent sharply and directed posterolaterally near base, apex behind medial edge of mab.


Wet eucalypt forest in far southeastern New South and far eastern Victoria (Fig. 11).


In honour of Catherine and George Car, co-collectors of this species at the holotype and paratype localities; adjective.


Like Agathodesmus bonang  sp. n., Agathodesmus carorum  sp. n. is white in colour when alive.