Flagellobolus 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 : 41-43

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Flagellobolus Wesener

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Flagellobolus Wesener View in CoL , gen. n.


Type species: Flagellobolus pauliani View in CoL sp. n., monotypic

Diagnosis: anterior and posterior gonopods of unique shape ( Figs 23C, D View Figure 23 ): anterior gonopod with a telopodite process, retrorse part slender, located at midpoint of process instead of apically, a feature not shared with any other genus from Madagascar ( Fig. 23D View Figure 23 ). Most unusual feature of Flagellobolus gen. n. is the unique elongation of the posterior gonopod telopodite into a simple, strongly elongated, thin tip ( Figs 23E, F View Figure 23 ). This genus shares a small body size and elongated antennae with Spiromimus , Zehntnerobolus , Alluviobolus gen. n. and Ostinobolus gen. n. Gnathochilarium with a subdivided mentum and a single sclerotized ledge on each stipites, like in Riotintobolus gen. n., Pseudocentrobolus gen. n., Granitobolus gen. n., Caprobolus gen. n., Alluviobolus gen. n., Ostinobolus gen. n. Although the posterior gonopods of Flagellobolus gen. n. are connected by a large sternite, the telopodites do more closely resemble those of species of the Spirobolidea families Spirobolellidae and Pseudospirobolellidae instead of other Trigoniulidea .

Distribution and ecology: Flagellobolus was collected on Madagascar in the eastern rainforest of Périnet (Andasibe) and the montane rainforest of Andranomay. Its ecology is entirely unknown.

Etymology: Flagellobolus , masculine, is composed of ‘ flagello ’, after flagellum, latin for whip, which refers to the characteristically shaped posterior gonopods, and - bolus.

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