Sunday 14 October 2018

Haplocookia enghoffi: A new species of Trichopolydesmid Millipede from Tunisia.

Trichopolydesmid Millipedes are found around the Mediterranean Basin, reaching their maximum diversity in Europe, where around 90% of known species are found. North Africa is currently home to only five described species, though the group is poorly studied in the region, and this may be a poor reflection of its real diversity there.

In a paper published in the journal ZooKeys on 26 September 2018, Nesrine Akkari of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, and Jean-Paul Mauriès of the Section Arthropodes at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, describe a new species of Trichopolydesmid Millipede from the Cap Bon Peninsula in Tunisia.

The new species is placed in the genus Haplocookia, and given the specific name enghoffi, in honour of Henrik Enghoff, for his expertise on Millipedes. These Millipedes are a pale cream in colour, and reach 8.0-8.6 mm in length with 20 body rings.

Haplocookia enghoffi, male specimen in latral view. Akkari & Mauriès (2018).

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