Cryptops orthus Chamberlin, 1951

Lewis, John G. E., 2011, A review of the species in the genus Cryptops Leach, 1815 from the Old World related to Cryptops (Cryptops) hortensis (Donovan, 1810) (Chilopoda, Scolopendromorpha, International Journal of Myriapodology 4, pp. 11-50: 27-28

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Cryptops orthus Chamberlin, 1951


Cryptops orthus Chamberlin, 1951 

Cryptops orthus  Chamberlin, 1951 Publ. Cult. Cia. Diamant. 10: 108

nec Cryptops philammus  : Demange, 1968 Biol. Gabonica 4: 292.


(Data from Chamberlin 1951). Length: 9 mm. Without dark subcutaneous pigment. Cephalic plate without sutures. Anterior margin of forcipular coxosternite nearly straight with 3 fine setae on each side. Posterior margin of sternite 21 "gently convex". Pore field widely separated from caudal margin of coxopleuron, with comparatively few pores. Setae of prefemur and femur of ultimate leg fine rather than spine-like; with 4 tibial and 3 tarsal saw teeth.




The limited data provided by Chamberlin (1951) do not allow Cryptops orthus  presently to be separated from Cryptops nigropictus  , Cryptops decoratus  or Cryptops melanotypus  nor from the inadequately described Cryptops campestris  from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is not, as Demange (1968) supposed, a junior synonym of Cryptops philammus  which belongs to the doriae group of species. The type material should be examined, however, Rowland Shelley (personal communication) writes " Cryptops orthus  appears to be lost, as it is not included in my listing of any museum, including the MCZ [Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University], which also has many Chamberlin types." It is here regarded as a nomen dubium.