Procophorella bashfordi, Mesibov, Robert, 2003

Mesibov, Robert, 2003, Two new and unusual genera of millipedes (Diplopoda: Polydesmida) from Tasmania, Australia, Zootaxa 368, pp. 1-32: 7

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Procophorella bashfordi

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Procophorella bashfordi   n. sp.

Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 , map Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5

Holotype: Male, Weavers Creek , Tasmania, EQ 312106 View Materials (41 ° 27 ’ 19 ”S, 147 ° 22 ’ 24 ”E), 630m, 19.vii. 1994, R. Mesibov, QVM 23 View Materials : 41384. GoogleMaps  

Paratypes: Male , details as for holotype, AM KS 86295   ; male (dissected), Weavers Creek , EQ 319163 View Materials (41 ° 24 ’ 14 ”S, 147 ° 22 ’ 53 ”E), 970m, 8.i. 1995, R. Mesibov & T. Moule, QVM 23: 41387 GoogleMaps   ; male, Weavers Creek , EQ 305133 View Materials (41 ° 25 ’ 52 ”S, 147 ° 21 ’ 54 ”E), 620m, 23.iii. 1995, R. Mesibov, QVM 23: 41388 GoogleMaps   ; 6 females, Weavers Creek , EQ 320110 View Materials (41 ° 27 ’06”S, 147 ° 22 ’ 59 ”E), 530m, 22.iii. 1995, R. Mesibov, QVM 23: 41496. GoogleMaps  

Other material examined: 15 males, 79 females and 29 juveniles. See Appendix for details.

Diagnosis: Differs from P. innupta   in having a less flexed telopodite tip and in bearing a prominent, subterminal uncus on the telopodite.

Description: As for the genus. Telopodite base ( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 ) concave on the distal surface, the distal portion of the telopodite directed cephalad and distad from the base before curving distad in a smooth arc, a few medium to long setae on the posterior surface to about two­thirds the telopodite length. Tip flattened dorsoventrally (i.e., anteroposteriorly if the telopodite were uncurved), bearing a very small, acuminate and somewhat sinuous solenomerite laterally, pointing distad; more mesally a short, narrow, acutely pointed axial process bent mesad, and a few very small teeth near the mesal edge of the tip; between the solenomerite and the narrow axial process a single blade­like process strongly flexed and slightly curved proximad and laterad. A short, somewhat swollen uncus on the posterolateral surface of the telopodite at about 0.8 of its length, its blunt tip directed proximad.

Distribution and habitat: An uncommon, inconspicuous species in leaf and woody litter in dry eucalypt forest, wet eucalypt forest and Nothofagus   rainforest over ca. 7000 km 2 in northern and northeastern Tasmania, from near sea level to at least 1200 m ( Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5 ).

Etymology: In honour of Richard Bashford, Tasmanian forest entomologist.

Remarks: Over most of the range of this species there is very little variation in gonopod form. However, three males from the Old Chum Dam area (circled locality in Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5 ) differ in that the strongly flexed process just mesal to the solenomerite is club­like rather than blade­like.




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