A strikingly coloured new giant millipede from Vietnam has copycat in Borneo (Diplopoda, Spirostreptida, Harpagophoridae)

  • A new giant species of the subfamily Rhynchoproctinae with strikingly bi-coloured, red-yellow legs contrasting with a black body is described: Alienostreptus bicoloripes sp. nov. from Vietnam. The new species is assigned to the genus Alienostreptus Pimvichai, Enghoff & Panha, 2010 hitherto comprising one species, A. alienus (Attems, 1936), and differing from other rhynchoproctine genera by having the femoral spine duplicated. Species of this genus share three synapomorphic characters of the subfamily, viz (1) anterior coxal fold forms deep concavity in posterior view, (2) posterior coxal fold very low, and (3) posterior coxal fold with mesal flap. A superficially very similar colourful species from Borneo, also with bi-coloured legs but clearly not belonging to Alienostreptus due to the position of ventral soft pads on male legs, is documented based on photographs.

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Author:Piyatida Pimvichai, Nesrine Akkari, Irina Semenyuk, Jérôme ConstantORCiD, Henrik EnghoffORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):European journal of taxonomy : 722:1-15
Series (Serial Number):European journal of taxonomy : EJT (722:1-15)
Publisher:Muséum National dHistoire Naturelle
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Part of Periodical
Date of Publication (online):2020/10/20
Date of first Publication:2020/10/20
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/10/21
Tag:Southeast Asia; new species; taxonomy
Page Number:15
First Page:1
Last Page:15
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0