Deposition abbreviations: Field Museum of Natural History, FMNH; California Academy of Sciences, CAS. (Diplopoda Spirobolida Pachybolidae)1 T. Wesener 1,3 and H. enghoff 2 1 Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Museumsmeile Bonn, Adenauerallee 160, D … These features were not examined in this study, as the only way to assess details of these structures is through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Our terminal Pachybolus ligulatus exhibits two setae on one lamella lingualis and three on the other; examination of a second specimen revealed two setae per lamella lingualis, and this taxon was coded as having two setae. Also, it is often not possible to determine the identity of female specimens unless they are collected in association with males. In males, the anterior gonopod is distinct in shape; the sternite is developed into a large triangular plate such that there are no lateral extensions of the sternite (Fig. There is vast variation in the number of labral setae (10–22), although it is not possible to achieve accurate counts of these structures, as often times the setae break off; the area where broken setae would be located are only visible under scanning electron microscopy, which was not possible for all terminals included in analyses. Using MrModeltest, the substitution models selected for both alignments of 18S and 28S data were GTR + I + G and GTR + G, respectively. Studies on the spiroboloid millipeds. Body ring where ozopores first appear: body ring 3 (state 0); body ring 5 (state 1); body ring 6 (state 2). In our data set, our terminals Anadenobolus arboreus and Pachybolus ligulatus have more than four sense cones at the tip of the antennae. All millipede groups with ocelli possess members without ocelli; these are often cave dwellers. With the remaining spirobolidans, Trigoniulidea was recovered as sister to a monophyletic lineage composed of Atopetholidae, Floridobolidae, Messicobolidae, Pesudospirobolellidae, Spirobolellidae, Spirobolidae, and Typhlobolellidae; because Hoffmanobolidae and Allopocockiidae were not available for study we cannot assess their phylogenetic position based on our analyses, but based on morphological characteristics and geographical data we suggest that they are allied most closely to species recovered in Spirobolidea excluding Rhinocricidae (a detailed treatment of these families is given in the Discussion). Beyond this, there have been a limited number of attempts to determine interfamilial relationships within this family (Hoffman, 1980, 1982). In contrast to Wesener et al., our spirostreptid terminal Orthoporus features more than three setae at the apical margin of the stipites; many members of Spirobolidea also have more than three setae at this location. Millipedes are limited in their dispersal ability by their habitat requirements, their lack of dispersal mechanism (neither ballooning, flying, nor swimming) and their slow locomotion (Hopkin and Read, 1992). In a few millipede groups, more than four apical sense cones are found, representing autapomorphies for those lower hierarchical groups, e.g. Four apical sense cones of assumed olfactory function at the tip of the 7th antennomere are one of the prime synapomorphies for the entire class Diplopoda. 9B), all members of Pseudospirobolellidae lack a sternite on the anterior gonopods of males (Fig. Spirobolida are the round-backed millipedes. She has a color slide, but not a digital image, of Wisconsin’s largest species (up to 4”), the millipede formerly known as Spirobolus marginatus, now reclassified as part of the Narceus americanus-annularis species complex. To date there have been no analyses of higher‐level relationships within Spirobolida employing morphological character suites in a phylogenetic context. Spirobolidae was never recovered as a monophyletic lineage, regardless of data type, alignment criterion, or analytical technique implemented. 3) reflects the current size of the morphological data matrix (54 morphological characters for 33 taxa). Family Pseudospirobolellidae ... Choneiulus palmatus. There is no existing evolutionary framework that can be used to suggest relationships among members of this order, which we address with this study. The presence of this tooth is a putative apomorphy of the order Spirobolida (Sierwald and Bond, 2007; Fig. Leg with two penultimate joints subequal (fig.G). Visible suture between putative pleurotergite and sternite: present (state 0); absent (state 1). (2008) has published phylogenetic work aimed at elucidating relationships within Pachybolidae, but including a sampling of non‐pachybolid spirobolids. The science of millipede biology and taxonomy is called diplopodology: the study of diplopods. No. (Wesener et al., 2008, character 14). There are few other interfamilial relationships that are supported by morphological character systems. Poinsettias ... read more, Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the All cladograms are rooted on Polydesmida, as this is the outgroup taxon most distantly related to Spirobolida (Sierwald and Bond, 2007). Combined analysis of molecular data aligned using secondary structure and morphological data resulted in 13 most‐parsimonious trees of length 2440 (CI = 0.556; RI = 0.620) from which a strict consensus was calculated (Fig. Sculpture of anterior face of coxite of anterior gonopod: smooth (state 0); with denticles medioventrally (state 1). We were unable to sample members of Spirobolellidae throughout their geographical and morphological range due to a lack of available material suitable for molecular analyses, and this is emphasized in the discussion of results pertaining to this family. The main purpose of this work was to investigate internal relationships of Pachybolidae, but because the authors included a sampling of spirobolidan taxa that extended beyond this family, it is possible to infer trends in relationships from their study. Of interest will be an assessment of the clade containing Floridobolidae, Messicobolidae, and Spirobolidae. Therefore, we aligned our dataset against a secondary structure model as proposed for Arthropoda for our 18S alignment (Gillespie et al., 2005a) and a secondary structure for Ichneumonoidea (Hexapoda: Hymenoptera) (Gillespie et al., 2005b) for our 28S alignment. This is a result of two distinct issues facing systematists: strong divergence among orders and a lack of knowledge in relation to variation. Medrano, Michael. In the original publication, S. olfersii was the first species listed after the diagnosis of the genus followed by S. bungii so order of appearance in the original manuscript was not the criterion used; it is possible that the decision was simply made based on alphabetical order, but this remains unclear and may never be resolved. (2008) in treating trigoniulids as a subfamily of Pachybolidae, with the understanding that this group may later be elevated to family status by future work. The following species of millipedes were identified from the study area- 1. (Wesener et al., 2008, character 8), Apical setation of stipites of gnathochilarium: with three setae apically (state 0), with more than three setae apically (state 1), fewer than three setae (state 2). It is not our goal to reproduce their excellent scholarship, but only to bolster this and to supplement this work where we feel further discussion is warranted. As outlined in the Introduction, there has been little phylogenetic work done in Spirobolida and there have been few hypotheses of interfamilial relationships previously proposed. Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/02/2013 - 18 ... Order Spirobolida. It can be brown-black, red or yellow. We find this character has a wider distribution within Spirobolida than previously noted. Shape of coxa of leg pair 4: produced ventrally as compared with postgonopodal legs (state 0); not produced ventrally (state 1) (Wesener et al., 2008, character 26). Spirobolellidae was recovered as a member of a polytomy with Pseudospirobolellidae and (Spirobolidea excluding Rhinocricidae). State 0 is an autapomorphy for Pseudospirobolellidae (sensuHoffman, 1982). Using MrBayes 3.1.2 (Huelsenbeck and Ronquist, 2001; Ronquist and Huelsenbeck, 2003), a mixed model approach was taken in analysing datasets consisting of both alignments of 18S and 28S combined with morphological data. There was strong support for the monophyly of Spirobolidea (excluding Rhinocricidae) (1.00). Because of the proximity of the native habitats of these species, this may again be an artefact of taxon sampling, which is in turn a result of the availability of specimens. Trigoniulidea is characterized by the presence of a sclerotized sternite dorsally connecting the two posterior gonopods in males and by the tracheal apodemes of the posterior gonopods being nearly at a right angle to the coxite + telopodite (Hoffman, 1982). We used the BigDye® Terminator v3.1 Cycle Sequencing Kits (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA) to label PCR products following standard protocols and using standard reaction conditions. Arthrosphaera Both MP and BI analyses were conducted on datasets resulting from progressive and secondary structure alignment methods. Spirobolida was recovered as monophyletic with strong support (58/100). Not only will this provide insight into the evolutionary history of the lineage, but it will allow researchers to address questions pertaining to colonization of and dispersal within the USA by this ecologically important group of millipedes. Antennae. The discussion of character 30 by Wesener et al. Shape of median area of sternite of anterior gonopods: lacking a distinct ventral projection (state 0); distinctly projecting ventrally (state 1). The following section discusses all families included in our study with the exception of Rhinocricidae; for discussion of Rhinocricidae, refer to the previous section on suborder relationships. (2008) coded different attributes on the anterior gonopod coxite in their character 18; see also our character 52. Spirobolida was recovered as monophyletic with strong support (41/100). Currently, no detailed study of this character suite across a large sampling of millipedes and using SEM technology is available. Both families are restricted to Mexico and Central America, with a single species of Allopocockiidae being known from south‐eastern Texas in the USA. The sclerotized structure in states 0 and 1 are of uncertain origin, but may be derived from a sternal sclerite based on a hypothesis of positional homology, as coxae of legs originate from the sternite on body rings where sterna are present. Previously defined ( Hoffman, 1982 ) work provides a unified treatment Spirobolida... 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