Rhysida cuprea Kraepelin,

Thofern, Detlef, Dupérré, Nadine & Harms, Danilo, 2021, An annotated type catalogue of the centipedes (Myriapoda: Chilopoda) held in the Zoological Museum Hamburg, Zootaxa 4977 (1), pp. 1-103: 69

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Rhysida cuprea Kraepelin


116. Rhysida cuprea Kraepelin  , 190­3

Kraepelin 1903: 154 (as Rhysida cuprea  n. sp.)

Type locality and specimens. Es liegen mir etwa 12 leider nicht sehr gut erhaltende Exemplare des Pariser Museums von Bhutan am Südhange des Himalayas vor. An der Authentizität des Fundortes dürfte kaum zu zweifeln sein, da mir auch schon früher ein freilich beinloses Exemplar aus demselben Gebiet zu Gesicht gekommen ist. [12 specimens of the Museum Paris, unfortunately in a bad condition, from the southern Himalayan slope in Bhutan are available. There should be no doubt about the correctness of the locality, beause I already saw a specimen, although legless, from the same locality.].

Dimensions. Länge bis [length up to] 40 mm.

Type material. Syntypes 3 ( ZMH-A0000655, ZMH-A0009350-9351). BHUTAN: Himalayas [ca. 27°28’N, 89°38’E for Thimphu]. No additional dataGoogleMaps  .

Preservation. 1 jar: Label. Rhysida cuprea Krpln  ex typis Bhutan Himalaya Mus. Paris C: 2.X.03. (Kraepelin handwriting).

Old type catalogue. Weidner (1960), p. 70, No. 72. Paratypes 3.

Taxonomic remarks: Lewis (2001) noted several morphological differences between specimens he had seen from Mozambique (type locality of R. afra  ) and Nepal but considered them all one species despite the major geographical distance  .

Collection remarks. The specimens originate from the MNHN collections and 9 additional syntypes should be present there since the original publication lists 12 specimens  .

Current systematic position. Rhysida afra (Peters, 1855)  ; synonymized by Lewis (2001: 47).


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