Agathodesmus morwellensis, Mesibov, Robert, 2013

Mesibov, Robert, 2013, New species of Agathodesmus Silvestri, 1910 from Australia (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Haplodesmidae), ZooKeys 325, pp. 33-64: 53

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Agathodesmus morwellensis

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Agathodesmus morwellensis  sp. n. Fig. 9C


Male, Fosters Gully, Morwell National Park, Vic, 38°21'41"S, 146°23'20"E ± 25 m, 170 m a.s.l., 31 July 2006, R. Mesibov, in pieces in genitalia vial, NMV K-11887.


NMV: 1 female, details as for holotype, K-11888; 1 male (K-11889), 1 female (K-11890), E of Churchill, Vic, 38°19'39"S, 146°27'59"E ± 25 m, 190 m a.s.l., same date and collector.

Other material.


Diagnostic description.

Male and female with head + 19 rings. Colour in alcohol pale white. Male/female ca 4.5/5.0 mm long; ring 12 maximum diameter ca 0.4/0.5 mm, maximum width ca 0.5/0.6 mm. Metatergal tubercles in ca 5 irregular transverse rows, mainly without setae; metatergal setae very short; 4 lateralmost tubercles enlarged, forming narrow pseudo-paranotum. Male leg 6 without coxal projection. Telopodite (Fig. 9C) with pp gently curving posteriorly, somewhat fusiform; at in transverse plane, short, narrowly triangular, curving posteriorly; dp directed posterobasally at base; mab folded outwards at base, shallowly divided into 2 lobes; meb short, broad, pointed, bent behind mab, not visible in posterior view.


Known from eucalypt forest in the Latrobe River valley in West Gippsland, Victoria, at two sites ca 7 km apart (Fig. 11). Non-male specimens (in NMV) only tentatively assigned to Agathodesmus  have been found in the mountains northwest of the type locality.


For the type locality, Morwell National Park; adjective.