Millipede communities in south-eastern Australia: systematics, biogeography and short-range endemism

Catherine Ann Car

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Abstract

The results proved almost overwhelming. A combination of my own field surveys and examination of all known paradoxosomatid specimens from New South Wales revealed approximately 150 new species, half of which could not been assigned to established genera. The study also showed that, despite being prone to desiccation, many species were found to thrive in semi-arid areas of the state as well as in the wetter areas (Chapter 2). The effects of vegetation type and leaf litter disturbance on paradoxosomatid assemblages were investigated in the first ecological study ever conducted on these animals in New South Wales forests and the results presented in Chapter 3. Assemblages were compared in pine and native forests, and it appeared that these millipedes were able to thrive equally well in either habitat, providing the leaf litter was deep enough and remained undisturbed.With so few described taxa in the family, it was essential that the species of at least one group were described. The taxonomy of one genus of paradoxosomatid, Dicladosomella Jeekel, 1986, was undertaken because it was a well-defined group with no revisions.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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