Review of the Caribbean pyrgodesmid genus Docodesmus Cook with notes on potentially related genera (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Pyrgodesmidae)

  title={Review of the Caribbean pyrgodesmid genus Docodesmus Cook with notes on potentially related genera (Diplopoda, Polydesmida, Pyrgodesmidae)},
  author={Michael C. Jorgensen and Petra Sierwald},
  journal={International Journal of Myriapodology},
Th e diagnostic characters of the genus Docodesmus Cook, 1896 are evaluated. Members of the genus are clearly recognizable by the anterior collum, paranotal and tergite margin lobations. Two diff erent types of gonopods, corresponding to diff erent geographic areas, are found. Th e potential close affi nities of Doco- desmus with several other pyrgodesmid genera are discussed. Th is study revealed that Docodesmus species carry spinnerets at the epiproct . All 22 species currently assigned to… 

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