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Family Eurymerodesmidae

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Myriapoda (Myriapods)
Class Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Order Polydesmida (Flat-backed Millipedes)
Family Eurymerodesmidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
once treated as part of Xystodesmidae; revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Eurymerodesmidae Causey 1951
Numbers
1 genus (Eurymerodesmus), 25 species
Identification
Differs from Xystodesmidae and Chelodesmidae in several ways: (Causey, 1951)
mandibles with a tongue-like protuberance on the anterio-ventral margin of the basal portion;
unspined sternites, coxae, and prefemurs; male sternites setose, often with lobes;
keels narrow to moderately wide
male gonopod morphology
Similar to Xystodesmidae in having smooth dorsal tergites and keels (paranota) that are horizontal to slightly depressed, lacking serrations on lateral margin.
Range
endemic to NA: Nebraska & central Illinois to southern Texas and eastward along the Gulf Coast to northern Florida (southward to Pasco Co.) and northward along the Atlantic Coast to southeastern North Carolina. (Rowland Shelley)
Print References
Causey N.B. (1951) On Eurymerodesmidae, a new family of Diplopoda (Strongylosomidea) and a new Arkansas species of Eurymerodesmus. Proc. Ark. Acad. Sci. 40: 69-71 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the milliped family Eurimerodesmidae (Polydesmida: Chelodesmidea)
Rowland M.Schelley. 1989. The American Entomological Society at The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.