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Subgenus Leptopolybothrussubgen. nov.

This subgenus is characterized by the absence of VCm and VCa spines on the 15th leg, which has a single claw. Projections present in the 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th tergites, sometimes also on the 6th. Male gonopods long. 15th leg in male without modifications.

The type-species is Eupolybothrus leptopus ( Latzel, 1880 ) (= Lithobius leptopus Latzel, 1880 , Die Myriopoden der österreichisch-uingarischen Monarchie 1: 53 ), which has been recorded from southern Germany. Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia to Rumania and Jugoslavia. In this species Verhoeff (1937) has attempted to distinguish some subspecies and varieties which, however, seem rather weakly characterized and which need further definition. Besides the type-species the subgenus includes also E. cerberus ( Verhoeff, 1929 ) and E. cerberus ssp. brentanus ( Verhoeff, 1931 ) from northeastern Italy and northwestern Jugoslavia, both cavernicolous.


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