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Lithobius (Ezembius) laevidentata sp. n., a new species (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae) from the Northwest region of China

  • Sujian Pei
  • Huiqin MaEmail author
  • Hou Xiaojie
  • Tiegang Zhu
  • Yonghua Gai


Lithobius (Ezembius) laevidentata sp. n. (Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae), discovered from Barkol Kazak Autonomous County, Hami City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Northwest region of China, is described. Morphologically it resembles L. (E.) bilineatus Pei, Ma, Zhu & Gai, 2014. from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, but can be readily distinguished from the latter by 8–10 ocelli arranged in 3 irregular rows, Tömösváry’s organ subequal in size to the adjoining ocelli, female gonopods with 3–4 spurs, and the terminal claw of the third article of female gonopods simple. A key to Chinese Lithobius (Ezembius) species is presented.

Key words

Centipede Lithobiidae Lithobius new species China 


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This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC Grant No. 31572239 and 30900131). We are grateful to Dr. Gregory D. Edgecombe, London, U. K., and Dr. Pavel Stoev, Sofia, Bulgaria, for their hospitality and everlasting help during our research, respectively.We thank Dr. Marzio Zapparoli, Viterbo, Italy, Dr. Rowland M. Shelley, North Carolina, USA, and Dr. His-Te Shih, Taichung, China, for providing us with invaluable literature. Thanks must go to Dr. Zizhong Yang and Dr. Zhisheng Zhang for their help in preparing the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sujian Pei
    • 1
  • Huiqin Ma
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hou Xiaojie
    • 1
  • Tiegang Zhu
    • 1
  • Yonghua Gai
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesHengshui UniversityHengshui, HebeiP. R. China
  2. 2.Scientific Research OfficeHengshui UniversityHengshui, HebeiP. R. China
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and PalaeontologyChinese Academy of SciencesNanjing, JiangsuP. R. China

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