Cryptops parisi cottarellii Matic, 1977,

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: 28

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Cryptops parisi cottarellii Matic, 1977


Cryptops parisi cottarellii Matic, 1977 

Cryptops parisi cottarellii  Matic, 1977 Fragm. Ent. 13: 5, figs 4, 5 A-E.


(Data from Matic 1977). Length 19 mm. Colour yellow. Cephalic plate with short sutures extending only a short way back from the bases of the antennae and posterior sutures occupying the posterior third of the cephalic plate. Tergite 1 without sutures and overlying posterior margin of cephalic plate. Labral sidepieces notched (tridentate labrum). Anterior margin of forcipular coxosternite narrower than the forcipular trochanteroprefemur, each side curved and with four setae. Poison gland calyx elongated, tubular, reaching almost halfway down the forcipular trochanteroprefemur. Coxopleural with numerous pores, the pore field extending almost to posterior margin, with 7 setae in pore field. With 7 tibial and 2 or 3 tarsal saw teeth in a crest. Tarsi of legs 1-19 not divided. (Some data extracted from Matic’s 1977 figures).


This Turkish subspecies is not listed in Minelli (2006). In his differential diagnosis Matic gave poison gland very elongated in Cryptops parisi parisi  as opposed to elongated in Cryptops parisi cottarellii  and tibia with 7-9 and tarsus with 4-5 saw teeth in the former and 7 and 1 in the latter. However he gave 2-3 tarsal saw teeth in his description for Cryptops parisi cottarellii  . Iorio & Geoffroy (2003) noted that there are only 3 tarsal saw teeth in immature individuals of Cryptops parisi parisi  (less than 13 mm). The differences do not seem sufficient to designate a subspecies, the description is, moreover, based on a single specimen which may be atypical. Cryptops parisi cottarelli  is a junior subjective synonym of Cryptops parisi  as Zapparoli (1999) suspected.