Nannaria komela, Means & Hennen & Marek, 2021

Means, Jackson C., Hennen, Derek A. & Marek, Paul E., 2021, A revision of the minor species group in the millipede genus Nannaria Chamberlin, 1918 (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Xystodesmidae), ZooKeys 1030, pp. 1-180 : 1

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Nannaria komela

sp. nov.

Nannaria komela View in CoL sp. nov. Figs 13 View Figure 13 , 14 Vernacular name: "The Lambsburg Twisted-Claw Millipede" View Figure 14

Material examined.

Holotype: United States - Virginia • ♂; Carroll County, Lambsburg, Lambsburg Rd. , Hawks State Forest , hillside above Turkey Creek; 36.6062°N, - 80.7720°W; elev. 767 m; 7 Oct. 2017; hand collected; J. Means, D. Hennen leg.; VTEC MPE03523 . GoogleMaps

Paratypes: United States - Virginia • 1 ♂; same collection data as holotype; VTEC MPE03536 View Materials GoogleMaps 1 ♂; same collection data as holotype; VMNH MPE03537 View Materials GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as holotype; VTEC MPE03699 View Materials GoogleMaps 1 ♀; same collection data as holotype; VMNH MPE03700 View Materials GoogleMaps 1 ♂; Carroll County, crest of Blue Ridge at end of VA. Hy. 716, ca. 3 miles W of Lambsburg; 36.5852°N, - 80.8155°W; 3 June 1986; R. Hoffman, R. Highton leg.; VMNH NAN0295 GoogleMaps .

Other material.

United States - North Carolina • 1 ♀; Surry County, gully behind North Carolina Welcome Center; 36.5605°N, - 80.7469°W; elev. 421 m; 24 June 2017; hand collected; J. Means leg.; VTEC MPE02891 View Materials • 1 ♂; Surry County, 8 NW Dobson, 1338, 2nd bridge, 0.5 S 1421; 36.4719°N, - 80.8355°W; 11 Aug. 1975; R. Shelley, J. Clamp leg.; NCSM NAN0506 • 4 ♂ ♀; Surry County , along 1328, 1.8 mi from int. of 1325 on hillside in dry stream bed, 11.2 mi W Dobson; 36.4181°N, - 80.9283°W; 7 Sep. 1978; W. Jones leg.; NCSM NAN0512; SCAU GoogleMaps - Virginia • 1 ♂; Russell County, 4200' Beartown Mtn.; 36.9360°N, - 81.8859°W; 16 Oct. 1976; C. Rushin leg.; VMNH NAN0141. For detailed collection data see Suppl. material 7 GoogleMaps .


Adult males of Nannaria komela sp. nov. are distinct from other Nannaria and the nearby N. wilsoni , based on the following combination of characters: Gonopods. Gonopodal acropodite semi-circular, curving dorsomedially throughout, with appearance of slight swelling before apex in posterior view (Fig. 13C View Figure 13 , red arrow), not with corkscrew before apex as in N. wilsoni . Tip simple, rounded, curving dorsally. Tip not sharp, with small triangular lateral flange as in N. domestica , or with laminate expansion and tooth-like lateral flange as in N. wilsoni . Height of telopodite basal zone reduced, ca. 1/4 length of acropodite, not ca. 1/6 as in N. wilsoni . Prefemoral process serpentine, curving ventrally. Prefemoral process not laminate as in N. domestica , or long, curving medially as in N. wilsoni . Prefemoral spine reduced and fused with prefemoral process, forming basal ridge (Fig. 13C View Figure 13 , red triangle), not separate as in N. domestica . Color. Tergites with orange paranotal spots (Fig. 14 View Figure 14 ). Black background. Dorsum of collum smooth with orange margin.


♂ holotype (VTEC, MPE03523): BL = 28.1, CW = 3.6, IW = 2.2, ISW = 0.8, B11W = 4.6, B11H = 3.0; ♀ paratype (VTEC, MPE03699): BL = 33.3, CW = 3.8, IW = 2.0, ISW = 1.0, B11W = 5.0, B11H = 3.3.


The specimen from Beartown Mountain (VMNH NAN0141) has a slightly less serpentine prefemoral process, and a more pronounced prefemoral spine.


Known from southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina (Virginia: Carroll and Russell counties; North Carolina: Surry County, Suppl. material 7; Fig. 126 View Figure 126 ). Distribution area: 70 km2; status: MRE.


Individuals of Nannaria komela sp. nov. have been collected from mesic deciduous forests dominated by oak, maple, tuliptree, and rhododendron. They are often found under 1-2 cm moist soil on hillsides.


The specific epithet is an arbitrary combination of letters from the Greek kome, meaning ‘village,’ and melon, meaning ‘sheep,’ which refers to the town of Lambsburg, Virginia nearby to the type locality. It is to be treated as a noun in apposition.

Type locality.

United States, Virginia, Carroll County, Lambsburg, Lambsburg Rd., Hawks State Forest, hillside above Turkey Creek, 36.6062°N, - 80.7720°W.