Cormocephalus cupipes Pocock, 1891

Simaiakis, Stylianos Michail & Edgecombe, Gregory D., 2013, Scolopendromorph centipedes (Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha) in the Natural History Museum (London): A review of the hitherto unidentified species collected in Africa, with remarks on taxonomy and distribution, and a new species of Otostigmus (Parotostigmus), Zootaxa 3734 (2), pp. 169-198: 186

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Cormocephalus cupipes Pocock, 1891


19. Cormocephalus cupipes Pocock, 1891  

Material examined. Mozambique: Inhaca Isl. , Delagoa Bay, Port E. Africa, in mangrove stump, leg. J.D. Taylor (p.), 2 exx., BMNH   1929.12.20.3-4; South Africa: Zululand , Lower Umfolosi Dist., leg. H.H. Curson, 1 ex., BMNH; South Africa: Pirie Bush , King William’s Town, leg. A.W. Fleming, 1 ex., BMNH; Tanzania: 2 nd Oxford University Tanganyika Expedition , loc. Ridge between Pasagulu and Tusenabantu, No. 351, 4.800 ft, 14/8/59, habitat: in crown of tree Uapaca sp.   , leg. R   . M.H., 1 ex., BMNH   ?. ( Fig. 30 View FIGURE 30 ).

Type locality. South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) ( Minelli et al. 2006)   .

General distribution. East Tropical Africa: Tanzania ( TZ) (new region record); South Tropical Africa: Mozambique ( MZ), Zimbabwe ( ZW); Southern Africa : South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal) ( SA) ( Minelli et al. 2006)   .

Remarks. The specimen from Tanazania is the northernmost record of C. cupipes   . It possesses the distinctive ultimate leg proportions of the species as well as the typical divergent paramedian sutures on the cephalic plate (cf. Lewis 2001a: fig. 9), eight glabrous antennal articles, 4+4 coxosternal teeth (tooth plate shape as in Lewis 2001a: Fig. 11 View FIGURES 9–14 ) complete paramedian sutures from T2, a complete median suture on the tergite of the ultimate leg-bearing segment, a longitudinal median depression on the sternite of the ultimate leg-bearing segment, two apical spines on the coxopleural process, two spines on the distomedial prefemoral process, and the ultimate leg prefemur lacking accessory claws. Compared to other documented material, the ultimate leg prefemur bears relatively few spines (DM 1, VM 1/2, VL 2/3) and the prefemur, femur and tibia are not conspicuously punctate.


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Museum of the Earth, Polish Academy of Sciences


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