Hoffman R.L.1, Golovatch S.I.2 2012. The millipede genus Argentocricus Verhoeff, 1941 (Diplopoda: Spirobolida: Rhinocricidae) // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.21. No.3: 211–215 [in English].

1 Virginia Museum of Natural History, Douglas Ave. 1001, Martinsville, Virginia 24112, U.S.A; deceased on June 10th, 2012

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

KEY WORDS: Diplopoda, Rhinocricidae, Argentocricus, taxonomy, new species, South America.

ABSTRACT. The full generic status of Argentocricus is reinstated, based on a mesal vesiculiform structure on the anterior gonopod telopodite, combined with a shorter, simpler, digitiform branch lying laterally of a longer and slender solenomere of the posterior gonopod. The following species are assigned to Argentocricus: A. nobilis Verhoeff, 1941 (the type species), A. bernardinensis (Carl, 1918), A. cataractarum (Schubart, 1962), A. gracilipes (Silvestri, 1897), A. indiscretus (Silvestri, 1897), A. nodulipes (Silvestri, 1897), all comb.n. ex Rhinocricus, as well as A. stylifer sp.n. and A. subtriangularis sp.n., both latter congeners from Argentina. All these species form a coherent geographical pattern restricted to southern South America.

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