Eurygeophilus multistiliger ( Verhoeff, 1899 ), Verhoeff, 1899

Simaiakis, Stylianos Michail, Akkari, Nesrine & Zapparoli, Marzio, 2016, The centipedes of Peloponnisos and first records of genus Eurygeophilus in the East Mediterranean (Myriapoda: Chilopoda), Zootaxa 4061 (4), pp. 301-346: 336-339

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Eurygeophilus multistiliger ( Verhoeff, 1899 )


42. Eurygeophilus multistiliger ( Verhoeff, 1899)  

General distribution. Europe: Portugal, Sardinia, Spain (Bonato et al. 2006; Minelli et al. 2006).

Chorotype. Mediterranean (MED).

New records from Mt. Parnonas ( Fig. 13 View FIGURE 13 ). 2 exx., Arkadia, Moni Panagias Malevis (loc. 11), 880 m, N 37.328907 / E 22.572301, 27 Oct. 2014; 1 ex., Arkadia, Mavrovouni, mountain plateau west of Sitaina (loc. 25), 1330 m, N 37.300473 / E 22.615434, 30 Oct. 2014.

Ecological notes. 880–1330 m; collected in two mounainous grasslands in the North side of Mount Parnonas.

Remarks. The genus Eurygeophilus   (body length 20–40 mm, 33–57 pairs of legs) has a stout body at both anterior and posterior ends, with a very short forcipular segment, and forcipules with needle-like tarsungula ( Bonato 2011: 418). Sternites have ventral pores arranged in a transverse band. The genus was hitherto known only from Western Europe with two described species, i.e. Eurygeophilus multistiliger ( Verhoeff, 1899)   and E. pinguis (Brölemann, 1898) ( Bonato 2011: 418)   .

The material examined here agrees with the description of E. multistiliger   as provided by Bonato et al. (2006). We examined in detail three individuals collected in Mt. Parnonas, a female (33 mm long) found on the mountain plateau west of Sitaina (loc. 25), 1330 m, 30 Oct. 2014, a male (22 mm long) and a female (13 mm long), both collected in Moni Malevis (loc. 11), 880 m, 27 Oct. 2014. The morphology of the specimens agrees with the following typical characters of the species as described by Bonato et al. (2006):

(1) Variation in the leg-bearing segment number (females with 51 and 55, male with 51) is similar with the variation found in two females from Sardinia and western Iberian Peninsula.

(2) Presence of well visible apical sensilla of the antenna ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 a).

(3) Forcipular coxosternite apparently wider than long; coxopleural sutures distinctly diverging forwards throughout their length, and forcipules with no denticles ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 b).

(4) Head distinctly wider than long ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 c).

(5) Coxopleuron with 7 ventral pores opening separately, close to margin of metasternite, similar to the revised description of the species ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 d).

(6) Ultimate pair of legs distinctly swollen with additional dense setae on the ventral side in the male, but slender without additional setae in the females, and the claw is present with curved, pointed claw ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 d).

(7) Coxopleuron with dorsal pores along the internal margins of the metatergite ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 e).

(8) Sternites with short swollen setae ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 f –i).

(9) Ventral pores from leg-bearing segment 1 to penultimate arranged in transverse narrow bands close to the posterior margin of the metasternites ( Fig. 14 View FIGURE 14 f –i).