Zoosphaerium platylabum (de Saussure & Zehntner, 1897)

Wesener, Thomas & Wägele, Johann-Wolfgang, 2008, The giant pill-millipedes of Madagascar: revision of the genus Zoosphaerium (Myriapoda, Diplopoda, Sphaerotheriida), Zoosystema 30 (1), pp. 5-85 : 0

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https://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.5391729

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Zoosphaerium platylabum


Zoosphaerium platylabum View in CoL species-group

SPECIES INCLUDED. — Zoosphaerium platylabum (de Saussure & Zehntner, 1897) .

DISTRIBUTION. — Unclear, since most species are still undescribed.

DIAGNOSIS. — This species group is still monotypic, but numerous undescribed species close to Z. platylabum were discovered, justifying its establishment. The characters unifying this group are unique in Sphaerotheriida .

All species have 2 locking carinae on the ventral side of the anal shield. The carinae are located more closely to the laterotergites than towards the anal shield margin ( Fig. 30E View FIG ). The operculum of female vulva is protruding into 2, sharp edged processes. ( Fig. 30F View FIG ). A phylogenetic analysis will be necessary to confirm if the platylabum -group represents a monophyletic group to be kept separately from the other Malagasy sphaerotheriids.

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