Agathodesmus kerensis , Mesibov, Robert, 2013

Mesibov, Robert, 2013, New species of Agathodesmus Silvestri, 1910 from Australia (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Haplodesmidae), ZooKeys 325, pp. 33-64: 49-50

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Agathodesmus kerensis

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Agathodesmus kerensis  sp. n. Fig. 9A


Male, Bellenden Ker Range, Qld, summit TV station, 17°15'50"S, 145°51'14"E ± 100m, 1550 m a.s.l., 25-31 October 1981, Queensland Museum and Earthwatch personnel, QM S96045.


QM: 2 males, 1 stadium 6 female, details as for holotype, S96046; 3 males, same details but 1-7 November 1981, S96047; 2 males, same details but 1-7 November 1981, QM berlesate 338, rainforest, sieved litter, S96048.

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Diagnostic description.

Male with head + 19 rings. Colour in alcohol brownish yellow. Male ca 8.0 mm long; ring 12 maximum diameter ca 0.6 mm, maximum width ca 0.65 mm. Metatergal tubercles in ca 10 irregular transverse rows, mainly without setae; metatergal setae short with slightly flared tips; lateralmost row of tubercles not enlarged, not forming pseudo-paranotum. Male leg 6 coxa with small, rounded, mediodistal projection. Telopodite (Fig. 9A) with pp curving anteriorly, then distally at base, slightly flattened anteroposteriorly; at in oblique plane (facing posterolaterally), short, narrowly triangular, arising abruptly from medial side of truncate pp apex, curving slightly posterolaterally; dp directed posterobasally at base; mab divided into 2 distally notched lobes, the posterior lobe curving medially and terminating in a basally directed point; meb broad, not divided, curving behind mab, apex slightly expanded.


Known only from rainforest on the summit of Mt Bellenden Ker in tropical north Queensland (Fig. 13A). Agathodesmus quintanus  sp. n. occurs lower down on the same mountain.


For the type locality, Mt Bellenden Ker; adjective.


Latitude/longitude data corrected following Mesibov (2012b).