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? - Oxidus gracilis

? - Oxidus gracilis
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
August 6, 2012
Size: approx. 2 cm
12n.

Moved
Moved from Paradoxosomatidae.

The mid-body paranota are not acutely pointed as they are in Asiomorpha coarctata. Shelley's 2000 Florida checklist records 3 paradoxosomatids in Florida: O. gracilis, A. coarctata, and Helicorthomorpha holstii, which is unmistakable with other U.S. species. Recuero & Garcia-Paris, 2016 provide further tips and a key for distinguishing North and Central American paradoxosomatids.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Millipede
Millipede in family Paradoxosomatidae. I think there are several species in Florida.

 
Thanks and Question
I've read http://journals.fcla.edu/flaent/article/view/56759/54438 which only talks about two very similar species in Florida: Oxidus gracilis and Orthomorpha coarctata with the latter (tropical millipede) occurring only in South FL (okay that was in 1973). Do you or someone else know whether there are other species in Florida? Also is Asiomorpha coarctata (present in BG) another name for Orthomorpha coarctata (not in BG)?

 
Same species
Asiomorpha coarctata and Orthomorpha coarctata are the same. http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Asiomorpha+coarctata

 
Wow!
... does the number of synonyms increase with the number of legs?

Orthomorpha coarctata , Oxidus coarctatus , Strongylazoma poeyi , Strongylosoma coarctata , Strongylosoma coarctatum , Strongylosoma poeyi

 
More species now
That article is old. There are more species now. See comment: http://bugguide.net/node/view/5239#117603.

 
Thank you, John.
Perhaps I'm too tired but the BG link doesn't name any other species. Are you referring to the "5 species" statement?

 
Five species
Yes, I meant the five species, mostly not named, in the comment.