Scolopendra laeta fasciata 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: 74

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Scolopendra laeta fasciata Kraepelin


125. Scolopendra laeta fasciata Kraepelin   , 190­8

Fig. 15B View FIGURE 15

Kraepelin 1908: 126 (as Sc. laeta var. fasciata   n. v.)

Type locality and specimens. Diese Varietät tritt in vollkommenster Ausbildung an der Sharks Bay (Stat. 70, Tamala; Stat. 65, Denham) im Norden auf [This variety occurs   in its best expression in the North at Sharks Bay (Station 70, Tamla; Station 65 Denham)].

Dimensions. No data available.

Type material. Syntypes 6. AUSTRALIA: Western Australia: ( ZMH-A0000629, ZMH-A0009366-9368), York (station 155) [ca. 31°53’S, 116°46’E]; GoogleMaps   ( ZMH-A0009371-9372), Denham (station 65) [ca. 25°55’S; 113°32’E). GoogleMaps  

Preservation. 2 jars. Jar 1 ( ZMH-A 0000629, ZMH-A 0009366-9368): Label 1. Hamb.S.W.Austral.Exp. 1905 155 York 11.VIII. (imprint); Label 2. Scolopendra laeta fasciata Krpln   Typus York W.Austr. Coll. Michaelsen VI.08 (Kraepelin handwriting) ( Fig. 3D View FIGURE 3 ). Jar 2 ( ZMH-A 0009371-9372): Label. Scol. laeta   fasciata Krpln Denham W.Austr. Coll. Michaelsen VI.   08 (Kraepelin handwriting).

Old type catalogue. Weidner (1960), p. 71, No. 79. Syntypes 4, paratypes 2.

Taxonomic remarks. Kraepelin (1908) did not give the number of specimens in his original description but Weidner (1960: 71) listed “ 4 syntypes from York (nach handschriftlichem Katalog von Kraepelin, nach Veröffentlichung Tamala [as listed in Kraepelin’s handwritten catalogue, after publication Tamala]), and 2 types from Denham”. The type locality is York and not Tamala, contra the original publication. Koch (1982) lists this taxon as a colour morph of S. laeta   .

Additional material. There are additional syntypes at the ZMB (catalog no. 4653-55)   .

Collection remarks. The specimens were collected by Wilhelm Michaelsen during his expedition to Western Australia 1905.

Current systematic position. Junior synonym of Scolopendra laeta ( Haase, 1887)   according to Koch (1982: 127).


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