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Phylogeny of Geophilomorpha (Chilopoda) inferred from new morphological and molecular evidence
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Strong support is found for the monophyly of Geophilomorpha, the basal dichotomy between Adesmata and Placodesmata = Mecistocephalidae, and thebasis dichotomy withinAdesmata between two clades that are recognized here as superfamilies Himantarioidea and Geophiloidea. Expand
Non-systemic metamorphosis in male millipede appendages: long delayed, reversible effect of an early localized positional marker?
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It is hypothesized that during early (possibly embryonic) development a segmental marker is produced that remains unexploited throughout late embryonic and early post-embryonic development, until, activated by a systemic signal, it finally determines the release of a segmentally localized but anatomically major change. Expand
Structural aspects of leg-to-gonopod metamorphosis in male helminthomorph millipedes (Diplopoda)
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Internal changes in the seventh trunk ring, locally leading to the dorsal displacement of the ventral nerve cord and the digestive tract, are modulated in a taxon-specific manner, and are very conspicuous in the blaniulids Nopoiulus kochii and Blaniulus guttulatus, with likely major functional consequences. Expand
Pincer-like claws in centipedes (Chilopoda): multiple evolutionary origin of similar form and serial pattern
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Pincer-like claws originated independently in the three small and only distantly related geophilomorph taxa by way of fundamentally different changes, either by the dramatic modification of the already existent anterior accessory spine (Diphyonyx, Neogeophilidae) or by the production of a novel cuticular projection (Eucratonyx). Expand
The phylogenetic position of Dinogeophilus and a new evolutionary framework for the smallest epimorphic centipedes (Chilopoda: Epimorpha)
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A comparison of Dinogeophilus with the most closely related taxa suggests that body miniaturization was accompanied by possibly paedomorphic traits, including lower number of some multiple elements (antennal sensilla, processes on the mouth-parts, coxal organs) and shorter setae. Expand
Evolution of Strigamia centipedes (Chilopoda): a first molecular assessment of phylogeny and divergence times
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It is found that major lineages of extant species of Strigamia separated most probably around 60 million years ago and the two most diverse lineages diversified during the last 30 Ma and are today segregated geographically, one in Europe and another in Eastern Asia. Expand
Non-systemic metamorphosis: millipede gonopods as a model system
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The metamorphosis of the eighth and ninth pair of legs, that correspond to the seventh ring of the body, is investigated in two blanulids and in one nemasomatid, as well as the endoskeletal structures associated with gonopods, for the first time. Expand
An unusually elongate endogeic centipede from Sardinia (Chilopoda: Geophilidae)
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The new centipede resembles the rare Ibero-Pyrenean genus Galliophilus Ribaut & Brolemann, 1927 in some features, especially in the forcipular segment, and the temperate European species Geophilus electricus and suggests adaptation to a more strictly endogeic habit than other geophilids. Expand