oa Annals of the Natal Museum - New Polydesmoidea (Diplopoda) from South Africa

Volume 15, Issue 14
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



A number of new Polydesmid millipedes belonging to the Sphaerotrichopidae are descriptionbed from Natal-Zululand and the Transvaal, two new species of Strongylosomidae from Moçambique and a new species of Gomphodesmidae from Nyasaland. The curious anomaly in the distribution of the genus Gnomeskelus Attems of which one species was believed to live in Hawai, all the remainder in South Africa, has been explained, as the single " Hawaiian" species is now shown to be of South African origin. A new species of Harpethrix has been descriptionbed from the Sandstone caves at the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town. This is the first true cave-living (troglobiont) Diplopod to be found in South Africa.

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