Thi Thanh Tran, Binh, Thi Xuan Tran, Hoa & Bonato, Lucio, 2019, A new soil centipede from South-East Asia with a unique arrangement of ventral glands, and a revised synopsis of Gonibregmatidae (Chilopoda, Geophilomorpha), ZooKeys 838, pp. 111-132: 112-113

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Vinaphilus  gen. n.


Geophilomorpha  differing from all other known genera for the combination of the following characters: both anterior and posterior ends relatively stout; head and forcipular segment quite short; all appendages relatively short; club-like sensilla on multiple distal antennal articles; labrum with broad mid-part separating the lateral pieces; labral margin slightly concave and fringed with elongate, pointed projections; mandible with a single row of many short teeth; telopodite of second maxillae composed of three articles and bearing a claw provided with two marginal rows of thin projections; forcipular tergite wider than long, and as wide as the head; forcipules without denticles; no paratergites; all walking legs with similar claws; sternites with pore-fields, including two paired anterior fields and a single medial posterior field; ultimate leg-bearing segment with entire pleuropretergite; coxal organs opening separately through many pores, most of which aggregated on the meso-ventral side; legs of the ultimate pair much longer than those of the penultimate pair, with two tarsal articles and without claw; female gonopods basally touching, short and non-articulate.

The main diagnostic differences between Vinaphilus  gen. n. and the other genera of Gonibregmatidae  from Asia are summarized in Table 1 and discussed below in Discussion.

Type species.

Vinaphilus unicus  sp. n.

Name derivation.

From “Vina”, an alternative name of Vietnam, and the suffix -philus, which is frequently used in names of genera of Geophilomorpha  . Gender: masculine.