Hylekobolus andasibensis 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 : 116-117

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Hylekobolus andasibensis Wesener

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Hylekobolus andasibensis Wesener View in CoL , sp. n.


Material examined: 2 ♂, 1 ♀, 2 imm. Holotype: 1 ♂ (42 mm long), MNHN, Madagascar, Périnet (Andasibe), rainforest, 18°55’ S, 48°25’ E, leg. Brygoo, III.1967, BY628 GoogleMaps . Paratypes: 1 ♂, 1 ♀, 2 imm., MNHN, same data as holotype GoogleMaps .

Differential diagnosis: the posterior gonopods of H. andasibensis sp. n. are only curved 60°, which is unique within the genus Hylekobolus . The projection of the sperm canal is basally wide, apically tapering ( Fig. 64D View Figure 64 )

Description. Measurements: males with 47 rings, circa 42 mm long, 3.7 mm wide. Female with 47 rings, circa 63 mm long, 4.9 mm wide.

Coloration: faded to grey in alcohol. Eyes with circa 34 ocelli.

Anterior gonopod sternite basally wide, apically elevated into a well-rounded tip ( Fig. 64A View Figure 64 ). Mesal process of coxite wide and only slightly protruding ( Fig. 64A View Figure 64 ). Apical process of telopodite slender and well-rounded. Retrorse margin wide, not projecting ( Fig. 64C View Figure 64 ).

Posterior gonopods telopodite bent 60° ( Fig. 64D View Figure 64 ). Projection absent from lateral margin (w, Fig. 64B View Figure 64 ). Apical process (x) wide, tapering ( Fig. 64B View Figure 64 ). Membranous lobe (y) small ( Fig. 64B View Figure 64 ). Projection of sperm canal (z) basally wide, apically tapering, curved towards coxite ( Fig. 64D View Figure 64 ).

Distribution and ecology: this species is only known from old collections undertaken in Andasibe, located in the central eastern half of Madagascar. H. andasibensis is the only known Hylekobolus species recorded from central Madagascar ( Fig. 54 View Figure 54 ).

Etymology: andasibensis , adjective, refers to the type locality, Andasibe.

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