Lithobius (Monotarsobius) morenoi Garcia Ruiz & Baena, 2014

Voigtlaender, Karin, Iorio, Etienne, Decker, Peter & Spelda, Joerg, 2017, The subgenus Monotarsobius in the Iberian Peninsula with a description of a new pseudo-cryptic species from Northern Spain revealed by an integrative revision of Lithobiuscrassipes L. Koch, 1862 (Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha, Lithobiidae), ZooKeys 681, pp. 1-38 : 22

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Lithobius (Monotarsobius) morenoi Garcia Ruiz & Baena, 2014

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Lithobius (Monotarsobius) morenoi Garcia Ruiz & Baena, 2014 stat. n. Fig. 17

Lithobius crassipes morenoi Garcia Ruiz and Baena, 2014: 58-61, fig. 1, tables I–II.

Lithobius crassipes morenoi - Serrra 1982: (record). - Garcia Ruiz and Baena 2014: 61 (discussion). - Garcia Ruiz 2015: 9 (in checklist for Spain).


Known from two caves (Sima LQ-14, Abuchite, Luque; Sima de la Sierrezuela/Sima Fuente del Francés, Carcabuey) in Andalusia and from Jerez de la Frontera ( Cádiz), Spain (Fig. 17).


This subspecies was described by Garcia Ruiz and Baena (2014) based on specimens from two caves in the Cordoba province in Andalusia. It clearly differs from L. crassipes crassipes in the low number of ocelli (only three), the enlarged Tömösváry’s organ, and the absence of some spines, particularly of Vmt, VaF, and DaH on legpair 15. Garcia Ruiz and Baena (2014) also discuss the record of L. crassipes by Serra (1982) coming from Cv. de las Motillas, Jerez de la Frontera ( Cádiz), which was also considered by them as probably representing L. crassipes morenoi. The specimens of Serra (1982) have the same morphological peculiarities regarding number of ocelli (three), Tömösváry’s organ and modification of male legpair 15 tibia as the subspecies L. c. morenoi. All records from L. c. morenoi are from the same geographical area in Andalusia, localized near the cities of Seville and Cordoba. Therefore, we are elevating L. c. morenoi species status and assigning the Jerez de la Frontera records of L. crassipes to L. morenoi stat. n.