Nouveaux micropolydesmides d'Afrique centrale : essai de rassemblement pour une révision du genre Sphaeroparia (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Fuhrmannodesmidae)

Jean-Paul MAURIÈS & Armin HEYMER

fr Bulletin du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 4ème série – section A – Zoologie, Biologie et Écologie animales 18 (1-2) - Pages 165-184

Published on 17 July 1996

New micropolydesmids from Central Africa: preliminary grouping for a revision of the genus Sphaeroparia

Five new species of very small polydesmoid millipeds classified in the genus Sphaeroparia are described. They were collected in central Africa (Kivu and Ruwenzori) in the litter of the tropical rain forest, at high or medium altitude. A new concept for the genus Sphaeroparia, grouping all the ethiopian genera and species of the Fuhrmannodesmidae, is proposed. This genus is divided in 6 subgenera (6 former genera): Sphaeroparia (including 3 of the new species), Mecistoparia, Mabocus, Eburodesmus, Heterosphaeroparia and Physetoparia (including 2 of the new species).


Diplopoda, Africa, Sphaeroparia, rain forest