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Open Access Chelodesmid studies. XXV. A review of the West African genus Anisodesmus Cook, 1895 (Polydesmida: Prepodesminae)

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Chelodesmid studies. XXV. A review of the West African genus Anisodesmus Cook, 1895 (Polydesmida: Prepodesminae)

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The status of the enigmatic generic name Anisodesmus is evaluated following a study of its type species A. cerasinus Cook, 1895; the name Benoitesmus Demange & Mauriès, 1975 is considered a junior subjective synonym. Three new species are described: A. cooki from Sierra Leon, A. mauriesi from the Ivory Coast, and A. demangei from Ghana; additional species referred to the genus in its redefined sense are A. erythropus (Lucas, 1858), A. denticulatus (Attems, 1931), A. bidentatus (Demange & Mauriès, 1975), A. gibberosus (Demange, 1971), A. moritzi (Demange & Mauriès, 1975), A. sceptrifer (Demange & Mauriès, 1975), A. serrulifer (Demange & Mauriès, 1975), and A. tubulatus (Demange, 1972), all but the first are new combinations resulting from their transfer from Benoitesmus. The random expression and distribution of various gonopod characters makes definition of species-groups difficult with present knowledge of this diverse genus.


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