Mauriès J.-P.1, Golovatch S.I.2, Hoffman R.L.3 2006. Review of the millipede genus Macellolophus Attems, 1940 (Diplopoda: Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae) // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.15. No.1: 19–21 [in English].

1 Département Systématique & Evolution, UMS 602, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, 61 rue Buffon, CP 53, F-75231 Paris France. E-mail:

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

3 Virginia Museum of Natural History, 1001 Douglas Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112, U.S.A. (deceased)

KEY WORDS: Diplopoda, Macellolophus, taxonomy, synonymy, Spain, Algeria, Morocco.

ABSTRACT. The western Palaearctic millipede genus Macellolophus Attems, 1940 is shown to currently comprise perhaps a single valid species. Provisionally, this species is identifiable as M. rubromarginatus (Lucas, 1846), comb.n. ex Polydesmus (= M. excavatus Verhoeff, 1931, syn.n., = M. hispanicus Verhoeff, 1931, = M. panousei Schubart, 1960, syn.n., = M. breuili Ceuca, 1988, syn.n.), from southern Spain, Algeria and Morocco. The status of M. diadema (Gervais, 1836), from Gibraltar, must remain dubious until strict topotypes have become available for study but, judged from all available evidence, this name is very likely to represent a senior synonym of M. rubromarginatus. If so, Macellolophus is to be regarded as a mono- or oligospecific genus showing clear-cut tendencies to troglophily.

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