Corallobolus Wesener, 2009

Wesener, Thomas, Enghoff, Henrik & Sierwald, Petra, 2009, Review of the Spirobolida on Madagascar, with descriptions of twelve new genera, including three genera of ' fire millipedes' (Diplopoda), ZooKeys 19 (19), pp. 1-128 : 7-8

publication ID 10.3897/zookeys.19.221

publication LSID


persistent identifier

taxon LSID

treatment provided by


scientific name

Corallobolus Wesener

gen. nov.

Corallobolus Wesener View in CoL , gen. n.

Type species: Corallobolus cruentus View in CoL sp. n., monotypic

Diagnosis: distinguished from all other Malagasy spirobolidan genera by the following combination of characters: male tarsal pads present on legs of anterior body half only. Known specimens of Corallobolus possess fewer body rings than in any other known large-bodied Malagasy spirobolidan genus, 44–46 body rings only. Gonopods unique for large-bodied Spirobolida from Madagascar ( Figs 1E, F View Figure 1 ): telopodite of posterior gonopod of unique shape, relatively large, simple and with a well-rounded, blunt tip ( Fig. 1F View Figure 1 ). Sperm canal running along mesal margin and discharging just below tip, area surrounded by short membranous folds ( Fig. 2B View Figure 2 ). Shares a large body size (circa 100 mm) and aposematic red/black colour pattern ( Fig. 1A View Figure 1 ) with Aphistogoniulus Silvestri, 1897 , Madabolus Wesener & Enghoff, 2008 , Colossobolus gen. n. and Sanguinobolus gen. n.. Preanal process sharp-edged as in some Colossobolus species, not extending beyond anal valves ( Fig. 1B View Figure 1 ). Male coxae 3 and 4 without processes, similar to Aphistogoniulus species.

Distribution and ecology: only known from the montane rainforest in Andohahela ( Fig. 5 View Figure 5 ). Sympatric with Aphistogoniulus at Andohahela.

Etymology: Corallobolus , masculine, is composed of corallinus , coral-red, which refers to the blood-red colour pattern of the single constituent species, and - bolus a common suffix for genera in the order Spirobolida .

GBIF Dataset (for parent article) Darwin Core Archive (for parent article) View in SIBiLS Plain XML RDF