Bandeirenica andara Vohland, 2013

Vohland, Katrin & Hamer, Michelle, 2013, A review of the millipedes (Diplopoda) of Namibia, with identification keys and descriptions of two new genera and five new species, African Invertebrates 54 (1), pp. 251-251 : 293-294

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Bandeirenica andara Vohland

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Bandeirenica andara Vohland View in CoL , sp. n.

Figs 76–78

Etymology: The species name andara refers to the place of collection; a noun in apposition.

Diagnosis: Gonopod solenomere with broadly triangular process at distal end ( Fig. 77, tp1).


Size:Animal slender, width of male 1.5 mm, length about 30 mm, 56 segments; female, 57 segments.

Colour: Leached out, brown, with darker lateral stripes; antennomeres distally reddish and darker, with a broad dirty white border.

Head: Epicranial suture deeper than interocular suture. 6 supralabral pits. Eye basally flattened, subtrapezoid ( Fig. 76). Antenna reaching back to 4 th segment, antennomere 2>3=6>4=5>1>7, distal antennomeres thickened.

Collum: 2 distinct folds, slightly excavated for antenna.

Tergites and sternites: Ozopores from the 6 th segment onwards. Metazonites and prozonites divided by faint suture. Surface finely porous and with faint horizontal striae, becoming stronger below ozopores. Limbus slightly fringed. Sternites subquadratic. Anal segment without spines, but paraprocts with ridges dorsally ( Fig. 78, pa). Epiproct bent downwards, with slight hump ( Fig. 78, e).

Legs: Small pads present on postgonopodal legs, absent in terminal pair.

Gonopod: Telocoxite with broad lateral process ( Fig. 77, lp). Telopodite with prefemoral ( Fig. 77, prfp) and postfemoral process ( Fig. 77, pofp), each darkened distally. Tarsus encircling the long and slender solenomere. Solenomere subdistally with slender process ( Fig. 77, tp2), distally with broad and flat triangular tarsal process ( Fig. 77, tp1).

Holotype: ♂ NAMIBIA: Okawango , Andara [18°03'44"S 21°26'35"E, 1029 m], 19–24.viii.1971 [no collector’s name] ( SMN 21714 ) ( NMNW). GoogleMaps

Paratype: 1♀ same data as holotype ( SMN 21714 ) ( NMNW) GoogleMaps .

Remarks: Hoffman (pers. comm.) stressed the similarity to Kompsoprium Attems, 1935 species because of the large subapical triangular projection being typical for this genus. On the other hand, a generic characteristic for Kompsoprium are the fringes or at least dentated border of the tarsal lamella (Kraus 1966), which is smooth in B. andara .


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