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Taxonomic review of the genus Odontopeltis Pocock, 1894 (Diplopoda; Polydesmida; Chelodesmidae)

Grant number: 09/10343-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2009 - February 29, 2012
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Antonio Domingos Brescovit
Grantee:Antonio Domingos Brescovit
Home Institution: Instituto Butantan. Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The order Polydesmida, with 30 families, 1389 genera and about 2700 species, comprises typical millipedes which show lateral paranota in the body segments and external gonopod. Within the families that compose the order, Chelodesmidae, with around 170 genera, is the biggest family of Diplopoda, and its distributed all around the terrestrial environment, except in Antarctica. The genus Odontopeltis Pocock, comprises large millipedes, which the biggest shows around 150mm length and are distributed, principally on Brazilian southeastern. Odontopeltis, from the beginning proposed to replace the genus Rhacophorus e lately reduced as a subgenus of Leptodemus, was recently revalidated and comprises nine neotropical species. The intention of this work is to review the genus, searching to elucidate the species composition. Will be exanimate specimens and types of 16 collections, and type-species of genera with morphological similarities with Odontopeltis. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PENA-BARBOSA, JOAO P. P.; SIERWALD, PETRA; BRESCOVIT, ANTONIO D. On the largest chelodesmid millipedes: taxonomic review and cladistic analysis of the genus Odontopeltis Pocock, 1894 (Diplopoda; Polydesmida; Chelodesmidae). ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 169, n. 4, p. 737-764, DEC 2013. Web of Science Citations: 9.

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