Flagellobolus Wesener,

Wesener, Thomas, Enghoff, Henrik & Sierwald, Petra, 2009, Review of the Spirobolida on Madagascar, with descriptions of twelve new genera, including three genera of ' fire millipedes' (Diplopoda), ZooKeys 19 (19), pp. 1-128: 41-43

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Flagellobolus Wesener

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Flagellobolus Wesener  , gen. n.


Type species: Flagellobolus pauliani  sp. n., monotypic

Diagnosis: anterior and posterior gonopods of unique shape ( Figs 23C, DView Figure 23): anterior gonopod with a telopodite process, retrorse part slender, located at midpoint of process instead of apically, a feature not shared with any other genus from Madagascar ( Fig. 23DView Figure 23). Most unusual feature of Flagellobolus  gen. n. is the unique elongation of the posterior gonopod telopodite into a simple, strongly elongated, thin tip ( Figs 23E, FView Figure 23). This genus shares a small body size and elongated antennae with Spiromimus  , Zehntnerobolus  , Alluviobolus  gen. n. and Ostinobolus  gen. n. Gnathochilarium with a subdivided mentum and a single sclerotized ledge on each stipites, like in Riotintobolus  gen. n., Pseudocentrobolus  gen. n., Granitobolus  gen. n., Caprobolus  gen. n., Alluviobolus  gen. n., Ostinobolus  gen. n. Although the posterior gonopods of Flagellobolus  gen. n. are connected by a large sternite, the telopodites do more closely resemble those of species of the Spirobolidea  families Spirobolellidae  and Pseudospirobolellidae  instead of other Trigoniulidea  .

Distribution and ecology: Flagellobolus  was collected on Madagascar in the eastern rainforest of Périnet (Andasibe) and the montane rainforest of Andranomay. Its ecology is entirely unknown.

Etymology: Flagellobolus  , masculine, is composed of ‘ flagello ’, after flagellum, latin for whip, which refers to the characteristically shaped posterior gonopods, and - bolus.