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The epimorphosis of Strigamia maritima (Leach, 1817) (Chilopoda: Geophilidae)

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The epimorphic status of geophilomorphs has been questioned several times during the last decade. The variation in number of segments for Strigamia maritima (Leach) from a population in Western Norway is described. The total material shows a significant increase in the number of segments from the foetus to the maturus senior stadium. However, divided into males and females this increase is clearly shown to be caused by a shift from males dominating in the younger stadia to females dominating in the older stadia. The epimorphic status of the geophilids is not violated by our investigation on S. maritima.

Affiliations: 1: Erling O. Horneland and Bjarne A. Meidell, Zoologisk Museum, Muséplass 3, N-5000 Berg- en, Norway


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