Detailed iconography of the widespread Neotropical millipede, Myrmecodesmus hastatus (Schubart,1945), and the first record of the species from the Caribbean area (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Pyrgodesmidae)

Published on Jan 1, 2016
· DOI :10.3161/00159301FF2016.59.1.001
Sergej Il'ič Golovač1
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Jean-Jacques Geoffroy10
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+ 1 AuthorsDidier VandenSpiegel9
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The small-bodied millipede, Myrmecodesmus hastatus (Schubart, 1945), which seems to be strongly associated with ant and termite nests, and currently populates much of South America, is recorded from Martinique forthe first time. Abundant, mostly SEM illustrations are provided to facilitate its recognition. This record strongly extends its distribution to also cover the Antilles.
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A new fossil species of pyrgodesmid millipede (Polydesmida: Pyrgodesmidae) placed in the genus Myrmecodesmus Silvestri, 1910 is described. The type materials are two amber inclusions, male and female specimens that come from Miocene strata in Chiapas, Mexico. Myrmecodesmus antiquus sp. nov. has collum with 10 dorsal tubercles; without porosteles or ozopores; legs of the rings 2-9 with a short projection on the prefemur in both the female and male. Myrmecodesmus antiquus sp. nov is the first foss...