Sequoiadesmus, Shear, William A. & Shelley, Rowland M., 2008

Shear, William A. & Shelley, Rowland M., 2008, Cave millipeds of the United States. VI. Sequoiadesmus krejcae, n. gen., n. sp., from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California, USA (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Polydesmidea, Macrosternodesmidae)., Zootaxa 1693, pp. 41-48 : 43

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Sequoiadesmus , n. gen.

Type species. S. krejcae , n. sp.

Diagnosis. Metatergal setae acuminate, scattered or in vague, irregular rows, never clavate and in four distinct rows. Process B irregularly laminate for most of length. extending caudad distally, apically expanded and subbifurcate; solenomere long and curvilinear, becoming progressively narrower distad, with shorter, subacuminate basal branch.

Distribution. At present known only from a single species found in limestone caves in Sequoia National Park, Tulare Co., California; may also occur in adjacent Kings Canyon National Park.

Etymology. The generic name reflects the form's occurrence in SNP near Giant Sequoia trees, Sequoiadendron giganteum , the world's largest living organisms.