oa Annals of the Natal Museum - An illustrated key to the spirostreptidan (Diplopoda: Spirostreptida) genera of Southern Africa

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Twenty three genera and 228 species of the millipede order Spirostreptida are currently known from Southern Africa. Non-specialists face considerable problems in identifying spirostreptidan millipedes even to generic level. This publication provides an illustrated and annotated key to the genera of the four families of spirostreptidans (Julornorphidae, Spirostreptidae, Harpagophoridae and Odontopygidae) represented in Africa south of the Zambezi and Kunene Rivers. Data on diversity within each genus and its distribution in and outside of Southern Africa are provided, as are references for keys to species where these exist.

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