Golovatch S.I.1, Geoffroy J.-J.2, Mauriès J.-P.3 2010. Two new species of the millipede genus Desmoxytes Chamberlin, 1923 (Diplopoda: Polydesmida: Paradoxosomatidae) from caves in southern China // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.19. No.2: 57–61 [in English].

1 Institute for Problems of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky pr. 33, Moscow 119071 Russia.

2 Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Département Ecologie et Gestion de la Biodiversité, UMR 7179 du CNRS, Equipe EVOLTRAIT, 4, Avenue du Petit Château, F-91800 Brunoy, France.

3 Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Département Systématique et Evolution, UMR7205, Case postale No. 53, 61, rue Buffon, F-75231 Paris, France.

KEY WORDS: Desmoxytes, new species, cave, China.

ABSTRACT. Two new parapatric species of Desmoxytes are described from caves in a karst area in Guangxi Province, southern China: D. scutigeroides sp.n. and D. scolopendroides sp.n. Both are possibly troglobites, this being especially true of D. scutigeroides sp.n., in which the legs, antennae and paratergal spines are particularly long, the body is loose while the tegument often pallid. Both the species differ well from each other and the remaining, known congeners, all in Southeast Asia and southern China, chiefly by the length of the legs and antennae, as well as in certain details of tergal and male leg ornamentation, and in gonopod structure.

Download PDF