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Revision of Disphaerobius Attems, 1926 (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae: Pterygoterginae), a centipede genus with remarkable sexual dimorphism

Department of Zoology, Perm State University, Bukireva 16, Perm 614600, Russia.
Department of Ecology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Altai State University, Lenina 61, Barnaul 656049, Russia.
Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, Palacký University, Šlechtitelů 27, Olomouc 77900, Czech Republic.
Myriapoda Disphaerobius Pterygotergum Lithobiidae taxonomy new synonymy new combination Kazakhstan Mongolia China


Disphaerobius Attems, 1926, the sole constituent genus of the subfamily Pterygoterginae, is synonymized with Pterygotergum Verhoeff, 1934 syn. nov., and is shown to comprise only two species: D. svenhedini (Verhoeff, 1934) comb. nov. ex Pterygotergum, and D. loricatus (Sseliwanoff, 1881) (= Lithobius magnificus Trotzina, 1895), both syn. nov. and comb. nov. ex Lithobius Leach, 1814. Disphaerobius is rediagnosed, both of its basically Central Asian species are redescribed from fresh material of both sexes, and their distributions are mapped. Disphaerobius svenhedini is newly recorded from S Kazakhstan and W Mongolia. New material of D. loricatus is also recorded. Sexual dimorphic characters in Lithobiomorpha are briefly discussed, these being considered especially strongly pronounced and unique in Disphaerobius.



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