Agathodesmus yuccabinensis , Mesibov, Robert, 2013

Mesibov, Robert, 2013, New species of Agathodesmus Silvestri, 1910 from Australia (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Haplodesmidae), ZooKeys 325, pp. 33-64: 59-61

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Agathodesmus yuccabinensis

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Agathodesmus yuccabinensis  sp. n. Fig. 10C


Male, near Yuccabine Creek, Kirrama Range, Qld, 18°12'21"S, 145°45'47"E ± 500 m, 700 m a.s.l., 10 December 1986, G. Monteith and G. Thompson, QM berlesate 732, rainforest, sieved litter, QM S96093.


3 males, 7 females, 1 stadium 6 female, details as for holotype, QM S96094.

Other material.

QM: 2 males, 1 female, Kirrama Range, Qld, 18°12'57"S, 145°47'15"E ± 500 m, 700 m a.s.l., G. Monteith and G. Thompson, QM berlesate 730, rainforest, sieved litter, S96095; 3 males, Mt Hosie, Kirrama Range, Qld, 18°12'29"S, 145°46'41"E ± 500 m, 930 m a.s.l., 11 December 1986, same collectors and method but QM berlesate 733, S96096; 3 males, 2 females, Mt Macalister, Cardwell Range, Qld, 18°18'16"S, 145°56'32"E ± 500 m, 1000 m a.s.l., 20 December 1986, same collectors and method but QM berlesate 739, S96098; 1 male, 1 stadium 6 male, 1 stadium 6 female, same details but 700 m a.s.l., QM berlesate 741, moss on trees and rocks, S96097; 1 female, same locality but 900 m a.s.l., 15 January 1987, S. Hamlet, QM berlesate 757, rainforest, sieved litter, S96099.

Diagnostic description.

Male and female with head + 19 rings. Colour in alcohol pale yellow. Male/female ca 9.0/9.5 mm long; ring 12 maximum diameter ca 0.7/0.85 mm, maximum width ca 0.8/0.9 mm. Metatergal tubercles in 10-12 irregular transverse rows, mainly without setae; metatergal setae short with slightly flared tips; lateralmost tubercles not enlarged, not forming pseudo-paranotum. Male leg 6 without coxal projection. Telopodite (Fig. 11C) with pp straight; at in transverse plane, short, rounded-triangular, tip curving very slightly posteriorly; dp directed posterobasally at base; mab curving medially, then basally, the apex divided into truncate lobe with fine marginal teeth, and apically forked lobe; meb broad, curving behind mab and nearly as long, divided at midlength into short, rounded lateral lobe and 2 slender, subequal, pointed posterior processes reaching almost to mab apex.


Rainforest in the Cardwell Range (includes Kirrama Range), inland between Tully and Ingham in tropical north Queensland (Fig. 13B). The linear extent of the known range is ca 20 km. Co-occurs with Agathodesmus kirrama  sp. n. on Mt Hosie.


For Yuccabine Creek, the type locality; adjective.