Aquattuor claudiahempae, Enghoff & Frederiksen, 2015

Enghoff, Henrik & Frederiksen, Sara B., 2015, A mountain of millipedes II: The genus Aquattuor Frederiksen, 2013 - five new species from the Udzungwa Mountains and one from Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Diplopoda, Spirostreptida, Odontopygidae), European Journal of Taxonomy 150, pp. 1-25: 17-19

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Aquattuor claudiahempae

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Aquattuor claudiahempae   sp. nov.

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Diameter 1.41–1.58 mm, 50–53 podous rings. Gonopods: lateral incision of coxa (li) poorly developed; apical palette (pa) subquadratic, with well-developed meso-basal lobe (mbl); telomere describing a c. 270° curve in almost one plane; mesal-posterior lamella of telomere (mpl) low; anterior margin of telomere without a triangular tooth; telomere tip densely microspiculate, margin microserrate.


The name is a feminine noun in the genitive, referring to Claudia Hemp, Würzburg, project leader of the DFG research group Kilimanjaro, in acknowledgement of her great support.

Material studied (total: 26 ♂♂)


TANZANIA: ♂, Kilimanjaro Region, Hai District , Mt. Kilimanjaro, 03°16’07.05” S, 37°18’28.68” E, homegarden plot 2, 1169 m asl, 26 Nov. 2013, S.B. Frederiksen leg. ( ZMUC).



TANZANIA: Kilimanjaro Region, Mt. Kilimanjaro: 8 ♂♂, same data as holotype (ZMUC); 1 ♂, same data, but 21 Feb. 2014 (ZMUC); 13 ♂♂, Hai District, 03°13’59.37” S, 37°16’09.28” E, coffee plantation plot 2, 1345 m asl, 20 Nov. 2013, S.B. Frederiksen leg. (ZMUC); 1 ♂, Hai District, 03°14’34.66” S, 37°15’03.91” E, coffee plantation plot 2, 1306 m asl, 11 Mar. 2014, S.B. Frederiksen leg. (ZMUC); 1 ♂, same data, but 24 Feb.2011, J. Röder leg. (ZMUC); 1 ♂, Rombo District, 03°17’57.57” S, 37°36’58.59” E, grassland plot 5, 1303 m asl, 16 Nov. 2011, J. Röder leg. (ZMUC).

Type locality

TANZANIA: Kilimanjaro Region, Hai District, Mt. Kilimanjaro, 03°16’07.05” S, 37°18’28.68” E, 1169 m asl.


Mostly brown, darker on the dorsal side, with a clear mid-dorsal, yellow longitudinal band, lighter yellowish on the ventral side; legs, head, collum and telson mostly brown ( Fig. 1 View Fig ).

Distribution and habitat

Known only from Mt. Kilimanjaro in habitats disturbed by human activities: chagga homegardens ( Soini 2005) and coffee plantations. The grassland plot where one specimen was collected is used for fodder harvest and is thus also under human influence. Altitudinal range: 1169–1345 m asl.


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