Hylekobolus marojejy 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 : 117-118

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Hylekobolus marojejy Wesener

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Hylekobolus marojejy Wesener View in CoL , sp. n.


Material examined: 2 ♂, Holotype: 1 ♂ (47.5 mm long), CAS BLF 9244 (CASENT 9032795), Madagascar, Province Antsiranana, Parc National de Marojejy , 25.7 km 32° NNE Andapa, 10.3 km 314° NW Manantenina, montane rainforest, 1575 m, 14°26’42” S, 049°44’30” E, leg. B. L. Fisher, 21.XI.2003 GoogleMaps Paratypes: 1 ♂ (im m.), CAS BLF 9244, sa me data as holotype GoogleMaps .

Differential diagnosis: the posterior gonopods of H. marojejy sp. n. with the large triangular expansion of the tip (x), which even carries the sperm canal ( Fig. 35D View Figure 35 ), separates this species from any other Hylekobolus species.

Description. Measurements: males with 48 rings, circa 47.5 mm long, 4.4 mm wide.

Coloration: faded in alcohol. Anterior part of collum, posterior parts of rings, antennae, legs, anal process, valves and entire scale reddish, remaining parts dark grey. Eyes with circa 32 ocelli.

Anterior gonopod sternite basally wide, apically weakly tapering, tip well-rounded ( Fig. 63A View Figure 63 ). Mesal coxite process slender and protruding ( Fig. 35D View Figure 35 ). Apical process of telopodite elongated and slender. Retrorse margin wide, projecting above telopodite ( Fig. 35C View Figure 35 ); margin basally of process not projecting.

Posterior gonopods telopodite bent 90° ( Fig. 35D View Figure 35 ). Telopodite 2 times longer than wide ( Fig. 35B View Figure 35 ). Projection absent from lateral margin (w, Fig. 35B View Figure 35 ). Apical process (x) wide ( Fig. 35B View Figure 35 ). Membranous lobe (y) small and well-rounded. An additional sclerotized, rectangular lobe visible in anterior view ( Fig. 35B View Figure 35 ). Projection of sperm canal (z) long and slender, slightly curved towards apical process ( Fig. 35D View Figure 35 ).

Distribution and ecology: H. marojejy sp. n. is currently only known from Marojejy ( Fig. 54 View Figure 54 ).

Etymology: marojejy , noun in apposition, refers to the type locality, the rainforest of Marojejy.

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