Procophorella innupta, Mesibov, Robert, 2003

Mesibov, Robert, 2003, Two new and unusual genera of millipedes (Diplopoda: Polydesmida) from Tasmania, Australia, Zootaxa 368, pp. 1-32: 3-7

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Procophorella innupta

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Procophorella innupta   n. sp.

Figs. 1–4 View FIGURE 1 View FIGURE 2 View FIGURE 3 View FIGURE 4 , map Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5

Holotype: Male, Arm River , Tasmania, DP 340841 View Materials (41 ° 41 ’ 31 ”S, 146 ° 12 ’ 24 ”E), 440m, 10.i. 1998, R. Mesibov, QVM 23: 25459. GoogleMaps  

Paratypes: Male , details as for holotype, AM KS 86296 GoogleMaps   ; 3 males (1 dissected), details as for holotype, QVM 23: 41420; GoogleMaps   4 females, Conliffe Creek , CP 750666 View Materials (41 ° 50 ’ 32 ”S, 145 ° 29 ’ 39 ”E), 280m, 21.v. 1995, R. Mesibov, QVM 23: 41500. GoogleMaps  

Other material examined: 62 males, 79 females and 21 juveniles. See Appendix for details.

Diagnosis: Differs from P. bashfordi   in the greater flexure of the telopodite tip and in having a Y­shaped terminal process on the telopodite.

Description: As for the genus. Telopodite ( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 ) rounded laterally and more or less flat mesally. Telopodite base with a shallow posterior concavity, a few long setae distally. Distal portion of telopodite with a few short setae on the posterior surface to about twothirds the telopodite length. Telopodite slightly tapering distad and beginning to curve caudad at about half the telopodite length, the tips bent over in this curve at nearly a right angle to the basal axis of the telopodite and flattened dorsoventrally (i.e., anteroposteriorly if the telopodite were uncurved). Telopodite tip with a few very small teeth near the mesal edge and several processes: laterally a very small, acuminate and somewhat sinuous solenomerite pointing distad; more mesally a Y­shaped process very strongly flexed so that each short, blade­like, bluntly pointed arm of the ‘Y’ points toward the base of the telopodite; still more mesally a narrow, acutely pointed axial process.

Distribution and habitat: An uncommon, inconspicuous species in leaf and woody litter in wet eucalypt forest and Nothofagus   rainforest over ca. 20 0 0 0 km 2 in the northwestern third of Tasmania, from near sea level to at least 1150 m ( Fig. 5 View FIGURE 5 ); also found in forest plantations ( Bonham et al. 2002: 240; as ‘Genus D, sp. 2 ’).

Etymology: Latin innupta   , spinster, noun in apposition. So named because the male/ female ratio in hand collections can be very low.

Remarks: Gonopod form varies very little across the range of this species.


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