Geophilus metopias Attems, 1903

Thofern, Detlef, Dupérré, Nadine & Harms, Danilo, 2021, An annotated type catalogue of the centipedes (Myriapoda: Chilopoda) held in the Zoological Museum Hamburg, Zootaxa 4977 (1), pp. 1-103 : 13-14

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Geophilus metopias Attems


4. Geophilus metopias Attems , 190­3

Attems 1903b: 246–247, plate 14, fig. 41; plate. 15, figs. 45–47 (as Geophilus (Eurytion) metopias n. sp.); see also Attems 1903a: 80

Type locality and specimens. Fundort [locality]: Corral, Chile (Dr. Michaelsen und Dr. Plate coll.) .

Dimensions. Länge [length] 35 mm, Breite 1,8 mm [width 1.8 mm], 49 Beinpaare [leg pairs] (2♀).

Type material. Syntype ♀ ( ZMH-A0000558 ). CHILE: Valdivia Province , Corral [ca. 39°52’S, 73°26’W] GoogleMaps .

Preservation. 1 jar: Label 1. 48. Corral. Coll. Michaelsen. 31.III.93; Label 2. Geophilus metopias Att. Typus Coll. Michaelsen, 31.III.93, Corral. Chile.

Old type catalogue. Weidner (1960), p. 62, No. 18. Holotype ♀.

Curatorial remarks. 1 microscope slide is held at the ZMH (notes on file card: “1 Präp., Chile, Coronnel , 15.1.1920, R. Paessler, Crabill det. et rev. et präp.”) .

Other type material. There is 1♀ defective, 1 slide (head, remounted from Attems’ original slide by Crabill) (syntype) from Chile, “Corral” (coll. W. Michaelsen) held at the NHMW (no. 7023). Ilie et al. (2009: 44) noted: ” 1♀ syntype from Corall collected by Plate is stored at the ZMB ( Moritz & Fischer 1979: 346) and 1♀ indicated as holotype (sic!) labelled only ‘ Chile, Corrall’ at the ZMH ( Weidner 1960: 62)”. There is also a syntype from Corral at the ZMB (no. 2917). The ZMH specimen is a syntype.

Collection remarks. The specimen was collected by Wilhelm Michaelsen during his expedition to the southern tip of South America 1892–93.

Current systematic position. Plateurytion metopias (Attems, 1903) ; transferred to this genus by Bonato et al. (2007: 6).


Zoologisches Museum Hamburg


Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Chile


Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien


Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Zoological Collections)

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