Agathodesmus kirrama , Mesibov, Robert, 2013

Mesibov, Robert, 2013, New species of Agathodesmus Silvestri, 1910 from Australia (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Haplodesmidae), ZooKeys 325, pp. 33-64: 51

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Agathodesmus kirrama

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Agathodesmus kirrama  sp. n. Fig. 9B


Male, Mt Pershouse, Kirrama Range, Qld, 18°13'30"S, 145°47'42"E ± 500m, 12 December 1986, G. Monteith and G. Thompson, QM berlesate 734, rainforest, sieved litter, QM S96049.


QM: 4 males, 1 female, 1 stadium 6 male, details as for holotype, S96051; 2 males, 2 females, same details but QM berlesate 735, S96050.

Other material.

QM: 1 male, 2 females, Mt Hosie, Kirrama Range Qld, 18°12'29"S, 145°46'41"E ± 500m, 800 m a.s.l., 10 December 1986, G. Monteith and G. Thompson, S96052; 2 males, same details but 930 m a.s.l., 11 December 1986, QM berlesate 733, rainforest, sieved litter, S96053.

Diagnostic description.

Male and female with head + 19 rings. Colour in alcohol pale yellow. Male/female ca 10.0/10.5 mm long; ring 12 maximum diameter ca 0.75/0.8 mm, maximum width ca 0.8/0.9 mm. Metatergal tubercles in 12-16 irregular transverse rows, mainly without setae; metatergal setae short with slightly flared tips; lateralmost row of tubercles not enlarged, not forming pseudo-paranotum. Legs 6 and 7 coxae with long mediodistal projections (shorter on leg 7) with rounded tips. Telopodite (Fig. 9B) with pp straight; at in transverse plane, short and narrowly triangular, tip not curving posteriorly (curve in Fig. 9B is artefact of drying); dp directed posterobasally and laterally at base; mab divided into 3 lobes increasing in width and length from anterior to posterior, with anterior lobe curving medially and pointed, middle lobe distally truncate, posterior lobe distally expanded, the distal margin curving cup-like anteriorly and with small notch near medial edge; meb curving behind mab, divided at ca one-quarter length into 2 subequal, closely appressed, needle-like processes.


Known only from rainforest on Mt Hosie and Mt Pershouse, ca 3 km apart in tropical north Queensland (Fig. 13A). Co-occurs with Agathodesmus yuccabinensis  sp. n. on Mt Hosie.


For the Kirrama Range; noun in apposition.