In this study character state 1 occurs only in the specimens sampled from Atopetholidae. A major advance in this study is uncovering the relationships among families and identifying morphological synapomorphies that define the order, suborders, families, and interfamilial groupings as recovered in our analyses. In our data set, our terminals Anadenobolus arboreus and Pachybolus ligulatus have more than four sense cones at the tip of the antennae. Of these characters, 20 (37%) are directly related to or coded from male reproductive structures, including structures related to both gonopore and gonopods, with the remaining 34 (63%) being somatic characters. In the analysis of the same dataset employing gamma‐distribution rates (tree not shown), Hiltonius was recovered as sister to (Floridobolidae + Tylobolus). This allowed us to provide accurate identifications of taxa, as most diagnostic characters at lower levels are based on male gonopod characters. Number of cusps at inner tooth of mandible: zero, simple edge (state 0); two (state 1), three (state 2), four (state 3). As it would be prohibitive in cost, time, and resources to sample and analyse both morphological and molecular data from all nominal spirobolidan species, we feel this approach provides a strong initial test for monophyly of families and will serve as a foundation to future studies at lower taxonomic levels by establishing a phylogenetic framework within which taxonomic hypotheses can be constructed and evolutionary questions can be posed. (2008) and any alternative interpretations of characters between their and our analyses are discussed to make it possible for future researchers to marry the two datasets if it is so desired (Appendix 1). 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). The articulation of the tentorium with the head capsule is visible as a notch at the sides of the head capsule. [62] Character state 0 is an autapomorphy for Pseudospirobolellidae (Hoffman, 1982). 12B) (state 0); without such a swollen area apically (state 1) (Fig. This is a result of two distinct issues facing systematists: strong divergence among orders and a lack of knowledge in relation to variation. Hoffman (1980) applied Cook’s (1895) ordinal name Anocheta to the superorder housing Spirobolida. This order is subcosmopolitan in distribution, being native on all continents with the exception of Antarctica and Europe. (Wesener et al., 2008, character 24). While assembling specimens for this study, we were unable to locate viable material from this group. When present, this character is found on all leg pairs posterad of pair 3, excluding the gonopods; pairs 4–7 serve as a proxy for all ambulatory legs after pair 3. State 1 is an autapomorphy for Rhinocricidae, whereas state 2 is found in all remaining spirobolidan taxa sampled in these analyses. Australian Wildlife / Land invertebrates - Centipedes, Millipedes / Spirobolid Millipede. Position of gonopods: held internally in a pouch (state 0); held externally (state 1). Such studies help to establish a framework in which researchers can assess the validity of existing taxonomic hypotheses using the criterion of monophyly; they also serve to provide an evolutionary context in which broad‐reaching questions of character evolution, phylogeography, dispersal, and speciation can be addressed. Spirobolus was recovered as sister to (Chicobolus + Narceus) in all analyses in which it was included (Figs 4–7). Wesener et al. 4 No. Millipedes Have 2 Pairs of Legs Per Body Segment . Analyses were concluded when average standard deviation of split frequencies dropped below 0.01 (Ronquist et al., 2005); if this threshold was not met during the initial 1 × 106 generations, an additional 1 × 106 generations were run until the average standard deviation of split frequencies fell below this value. The telopodite of the posterior gonopod is simple, elongate, and thin and often with a bifurcation distally (Fig. Studies on the spiroboloid millipeds. Variation in the number of pectinate lamellae in different millipede species or ontogenetic changes are insufficiently known at this point. Spirobolida was recovered as monophyletic with strong support (41/100). State 1 is an autapomorphy for the family Atopetholidae (Hoffman, 1982). Medrano, Michael. It has been well established that, with the exception of the genus Spirobolus, all members of the families Atopetholidae, Floridobolidae, Messicobolidae, Spirobolidae, Allopocockiidae, Hoffmanobolidae, and Typhlobolellidae are known only from Central and North America. Archiboreoiulus pallidus. Tylobolus is in the family Spirobolidae and the order Spirobolida. To date there have been no analyses of higher‐level relationships within Spirobolida employing morphological character suites in a phylogenetic context. The three species of Spirobolellidae selected as exemplars for this study are native to eastern Australia (two) and New Caledonia (one). This, along with the very low levels of genetic divergence within this assemblage (Fig. Head capsule, labrum. A fossil millipede representative of the order Stemmiulida is described on the basis of a well-preserved adult female trapped in amber from the Miocene of Simojovel, Chiapas, south-eastern Me´xico. OBJECTIVE: The most important millipede species causing accidents in Brazil is Rhinocricus padbergi (order Spirobolida, family Rhinocricidae), a vegetarian scavenger distributed from Central to South America. (Pocock 1895) (Diplopoda: Sphaerotheriida) of the Western Ghats of India In the past 10 years, millipede systematics has experienced resurgence with a strong drive to test existing millipede taxonomic limits using phylogenetic criteria and to investigate evolutionary questions in a phylogenetic context. Primers used in PCR were also used in sequencing reactions; primer sequences for 18S and partial (D3–D5) 28S fragments and their sources are detailed in Table 3. As the gonopods evert and articulate during the act of mating, there are areas where muscle in this region of the body is only covered by membranous tissue. (Wesener et al., 2008, character 16). Spirobolida are the round-backed millipedes. 4) or as part of a polytomy such that relationships within Spirobolidae and between Spirobolidae, Floridobolidae, Messicobolidae (Fig. Phylogenetically, it is sister to all remaining taxa within Spirobolida. Our study supports monophyly of the suborder Trigoniulidea composed of Pachybolidae. Previous work has proposed relationship between Allopocockiidae and Atopetholidae (Hoffman, 1982), but without proposing characters to support this relationship. In all instances where more than one most‐parsimonious reconstruction was recovered, strict consensus trees were calculated. Length of telopodite of anterior gonopod: produced ventrally beyond level of anterior portion of coxite (state 0); not produced ventrally beyond level of anterior portion of coxite (state 1). The discovery of this new morphological variation within the family means the morphological boundaries of the group must be redefined to include presence of a median sternite of the anterior gonopod. The families Rhinocricidae, Spirobolellidae, and Typhlobolellidae exhibit reduction/simplification of the posterior gonopods. (A) Anterior gonopod of Centrobolus rubricollis, anterior face; (B) ventrally projecting coxa of third leg of Narceus americanus, scale bar = 100 μm; (C) anterior gonopod of holotype male of Hoffmanobolus mexicanus, anterior face, illustrating the ventral projections of the coxite; (D) anterior gonopod of Watichelus edentatus, anterior face, illustrating the ventral projections of the coxite. The average millipede has between 80 and 400 legs, not a thousand as the name suggests. We feel that by saying these spines are likely to be convergently developed, the authors reach beyond the explanatory power of their analyses; results of our analyses have demonstrated that, assuming correct placement of Pygodon in Pachybolidae and other taxa with spines on the anal valves in Rhinocrocidae, it is unlikely that the spines are homologous, but until these taxa have been included in analyses, it is not possible to make a definitive assessment regarding the history of these structures. 11C) to those of a species of Messicobolidae (Fig. The antennae provide numerous characters in various groups. 12C). 11B; Wesener et al., 2008, character 25). Arthrosphaera The first type designation in the genus was by Pocock (1894), although he provides no discussion as to why S. bungii was selected as the type species over S. olfersii. Currently, no detailed study of this character suite across a large sampling of millipedes and using SEM technology is available. (A) Ultimate antennomeres of Narceus americanus, illustrating sensory fields composed of sensillae on retrolateral edge, scale bar = 30 μm; (B) anterior edge of ventral surface of gnathochilarium of Floridobolus penneri, illustrating the bulging portion of the mentum, scale bar = 100 μm; (C) anterior edge of ventral surface of gnathochilarium of Narceus americanus, illustrating the lack of a bulge in the mentum, scale bar = 100 μm; (D) mandible of Narceus americanus, illustrating the extra tooth which is a diagnostic characteristic of Spirobolida, scale bar = 100 μm. We exclude this character from our analysis. We also trace the history of Trigoniulinae due to the uncertainty of its taxonomic status. For ease of discussion, we have divided our support values into artificial discrete divisions of strongly, moderately, and poorly supported. Pleuroterga tips of seventh body ring in males: ventrally gaping (state 0); fused to each other (state 1). We find this character has a wider distribution within Spirobolida than previously noted. The Juliformia along with Nematophora and Merocheta comprise the subterclass Eugnatha. Viewing Families in the Order "Spirobolida" (Spirobolid Millipedes) Spirobolid Millipedes include approximately 500 species and can be found in Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and North America. If we were to alter the optimization criteria the only justifiable test would be to include all permutations of optimality criteria so all could be considered when choosing which set is optimal for our dataset. XVIII. Local Hotspots of Endemism or Artifacts of Incorrect Taxonomy? Hoffman and Orcutt (1960) recognize that tarsal claws on leg pairs 3–6 may be normal, reduced, or enlarged and that this character varies at the level of species and is not a generic character. 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. 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). This character has to be considered as preliminary. With the exception of the species Pseudospirobolellidae sp., China st (Fig. Bootstrap support values (Felsenstein, 1985) and Bremer support values (Bremer, 1988) were calculated for consensus topologies resulting from MP analyses of both datasets. We'll start off with the easiest millipede to identify: Narceus americanus (Order Spirobolida: Family Spirobolidae). Strict consensus of two minimum‐length trees resulting from parsimony analysis of a dataset containing combined morphological and molecular data. All spirobolidan terminals in our dataset possess this tooth; none of the outgroup taxa does. Antennae. 8C), but does not wrap around to create a cavity in which the posterior gonopods are housed (Fig. (Wesener et al., 2008, character 7). Use of a progressive alignment provides an implicitly repeatable and objective methodology (Giribet and Wheeler, 1999), although it has been suggested that manual refinement of alignments from automated methodologies, such as ClustalX, produce superior alignments than from automated methods alone (Edgar and Batzoglou, 2006). They live under rocks and leaves but can also be found inside houses. The families within Spirobolida have historically been assigned to two suborders: Trigoniulidea, which comprises Pachybolidae; and Spirobolidea, which comprises Allopocockiidae, Atopetholidae, Floridobolidae, Hoffmanobolidae, Messicobolidae, Pseudospirobolellidae, Rhinocricidae, Spirobolellidae, Spirobolidae, and Typhlobolellidae. The collum of the exoskeleton lead the way. A cursory comparison of gonopod structure between members of the genera Atopetholus, Watichelus, Centrelus, Comanchelus, Eurelus, Toltecolus, Onychelus, Arinolus, Piedolus, Scobinomus, Tarascolus, Cyclothyrophorus and Hoffmanobolus mexicanusShelley, 2001 illustrate some of the problems in hypothesizing affiliations between Hoffmanobolidae and other spirobolids. In arid regions such as south‐west United States and north‐central Mexico, millipedes such as the spirobolidan family Atopetholidae and the spirostreptid genus Orthoporus may play a larger role in decomposition of decaying plant material than is currently recognized; our ability to address such ecological issues is hampered by the current state of knowledge pertaining to millipede diversity, ecology, behaviour, and evolutionary history. 3). This study demonstrates that suborder Spirobolidea (as previously defined) represents a paraphyletic lineage, with Rhinocricidae recovered as sister to all other spirobolidans. From its phylogenetic position, this clade is inferred to be young; the speciation rate may be elevated compared with others in Spirobolida, leading to faster divergence and less genetic difference between taxa. Portions of this research were carried out in the Field Museum’s Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution operated with support from the Pritzker Foundation. The body segments are black with a … Of interest will be an assessment of the clade containing Floridobolidae, Messicobolidae, and Spirobolidae. We have chosen to take a conservative approach and have not formally transferred Floridobolidae because we have not fully resolved relationships among Floridobolidae, Messicobolidae, and Spirobolidae; future work addressing these relationships is planned and will address this question. Millipede Taxonomy after 250 Years: Classification and Taxonomic Practices in a Mega-Diverse yet Understudied Arthropod Group, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-0031.2009.00303.x, http://research.amnh.org/scicomp/projects/poy.php. Like all millipedes, Tylobolus adds segments with each molt, so the number of legs and segments depends on the millipede’s age, but the adults have around 40 to 54 segments. Hoffman (1981) questioned the suborder classification within Spirobolida and suggested that the lack of a sternite connecting the posterior gonopods might be a convergent character, and that Rhinocricidae may not be closely related to other families lacking such a sternite. In defining and coding morphological characters, we recognized that there are not enough landmarks and the currently available taxon sampling is not dense enough to allow us to homologize structures of the telopodite of the posterior gonopod among ingroup and outgroup taxa due to strongly divergent gonopod morphologies. = 105, P > 0.99). Until a detailed study of both families is possible, where both molecular and morphological data can be collected, it will not be possible to understand the true relationships between these taxa and the remaining families of Spirobolida. 9D), which represent a morphological autapomorphy for this family. A detailed examination of variation of these structures outside the context of a phylogenetic revision would be most beneficial, and we hope to pursue such studies in the future with the goal of identifying phylogenetically informative character systems using novel morphological models. Examining images of gonopods from all families of Atopetholidae and Messicobolidae found that this characteristic is present in both families. Animal kingdom systematics In 1937, Haneda found a luminous millipede at Chuuk Islands in Micronesia and sent the specimens to a myriapod researcher, Yosioki Takakuwa (Haneda, 1972, 1985), which was described as a new species Spirobolellus phosphoreus (Takakuwa, 1941). A closed incisura lateralis (state 2) is apomorphic for the newly described tribe Pachybolini (Wesener et al., 2008, character 4). The work on this project was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship to the first author, funded through NSF PEET grant DEB 05‐29715 to P. Sierwald, J. E. Bond (East Carolina University) and W. A. Shear (Hampden Sydney college). We demonstrate the monophyly of these three species, thus implying monophyly for the family using the exemplar approach. The lineage is defined by a number of morphological characters. Sphaeromimus is more closely related to the Indian genus Arthrosphaera than to the other Malagasy giant pill-millipede genera Zoosphaerium and Microsphaerotherium, all of which belong to the family Arthrosphaeridae (Wesener 2014b). Within Spirobolidea they included specimens of Atopetholidae, Rhinocricidae, and Spirobolidae. This is in contrast to the suggestion by Shelley (2001) that Hoffmanobolidae may be affiliated with Atopetholidae based on the coxite structure (Fig. Spiro-bolidae was the first family name associated with the Morphological data were recorded from the same specimen as was used to collect molecular data in all cases, with the exception of Narceus americanus (Palisot de Beauvois), where a specimen from the same collection event and locality as the one sequenced was used to code morphological data. It is necessary to stress that in the case of Spirobolellidae, taxon sampling may be a driving factor in this assemblage being recovered as monophyletic in our analyses. 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