57 Cave millipede diversity with the description of six new species from Guangxi, China Weixin Liu 1 , J. Judson Wynne 2 1 Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, South China Agricultural University, 483 Wushanlu, Guangzhou 510642, China 2 Department of Biological Sciences, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, Northern Arizona University, Box 5640, Flagsta, AZ 86011, USA Corresponding author: J. Judson Wynne ( firstname.lastname@example.org ); Weixin Liu ( email@example.com ) Academic editor: O. Moldovan |Received 19 April 2019|Accepted 3 June 2019|Published 02 July2019 http://zoobank.org/19205CA6-4680-45D4-A3A0-F1640752D41B Citation: Liu WX, Wynne JJ (2019) Cave millipede diversity with the description of six new species from Guangxi, China. Subterranean Biology 30: 57â€“94. https://doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.30.35559 Abstract We synthesized the current knowledge of cave-dwelling millipede diversity from Guangxi Zhuang Au tonomous Region (Guangxi), South China Karst, China and described six new millipede species from four caves from the Guilin area, northeastern Guangxi. Fifty-two cave-dwelling millipedes are known for the region consisting of 38 troglobionts and 14 troglophiles. Of the troglobionts, 24 are presently considered single-cave endemics. New species described here include Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov. and Hyleoglomeris xuxiakei sp. nov. (Family Glomeridae), Hylomus yuani sp. nov. (Family Paradoxosomati dae), Eutrichodesmus jianjia sp. nov. (Family Haplodesmidae), Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov. (Family Cryptodesmidae), and Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov. (Family Cambalopsidae). Our work also resulted in range expansions of Pacidesmus tridus Golovatch & Georoy, 2014, Blingulus sinicus Zhang & Li, 1981 and Glyphiulus melanoporus Mauris & Nguyen Duy-Jacquemin, 1997. As with many hypogean animals in Southeast Asia, intensive human activities threaten the persistence of both cave habitats and species. We provide both assessments on the newly described speciesâ€™ distributions and recommendations for future research and conservation eorts. Keywords Single cave endemic , disturbance relict, cave conservation Subterranean Biology 30: 57 (2019) doi: 10.3897/subtbiol.30.35559 http://subtbiol.pensoft.net Copyright Weixin Liu, J. Judson Wynne. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. RESEARCH ARTICLE Subterranean Biology Published by The International Society for Subterranean Biology A peer-reviewed open-access journal
58 Introduction Southeast Asia is considered the most biologically diverse for troglomorphic animals among the well-sampled tropical regions of the globe (Clements et al. 2006). Yet despite research conducted over the past three decades, few areas in Southeast Asia have been suciently investigated and knowledge of cave biological diversity and ecological pro cesses is limited (Deharveng and Bedos 2000). e expansive South China Karst rep resents one of these regions (Clarke 2006, Chen et al. 2001). Among the four admin istrative units in China where this formation occurs, Guangxi is considered the most taxonomically well-studied region. At least 100 troglomorphic (subterranean-adapted) arthropods have been identied from Guangxi (Wynne, unpublished data). Most have been identied as short-range endemic species (Tian 2011, Deharveng et al. 2008) with more than half (or 58 species) considered single cave endemics (Gao et al. 2018). Common in cave-arthropod communities, millipedes represent a dominant and widespread group in southern China (Golovatch 2015, Liu et al. 2017a). Approxi mately 150 cave-dwelling millipedes have been described from China (Golovatch 2015, Liu unpublished data) with 52 species known from Guangxi. Of these, 38 spe cies are troglobionts with 24 identied as single-cave endemics (Table 1). Fig. 1 sum marizes millipede diversity by family with Cambalopsidae (14 species), Glomeridae (11) and Paradoxosomatidae (10) being among the most speciose groups. In the paper, we describe six new species (representing ve families, Glomeridae, Paradoxosomatidae, Haplodesmidae, Cryptodesmidae and Cambalopsidae), as well as discuss range expansions of three additional cave-dwelling species. We have also sum marized the cave-dwelling millipedes known to Guangxi, their known distributions, and provide recommendations to guide future research and management eorts. Material and methods Study area Located in southwest China, Guangxi encompasses 236,700 km 2 . Once an ancient shallow sea during the middle Cambrian to Late Triassic periods, this region is now largely characterized by a massive karst (limestone) stratum over 10,000 m thick (Cao et al. 2007) with steep-sided mountains called fenglin or â€œtower karstâ€ protruding sky ward. As a result of the subtropical climate and rock stratum, Guangxi supports at least 564 known caves (Yuanhai Zhang, pers. comm. 2019). We sampled four caves in the northeastern most extent of Guangxi within a 30 km radius of the city of Guilin, China (Fig. 2). Caves were selected based upon two cri teria â€“ sucient length to support deep zone conditions, and the availability of a cur rent cave map. Cave deep zones are dened as completely dark region with relatively stable temperature, low to no airow, and a near water saturated atmosphere with a
59 Figure 1. Species richness (total number of species provided in parentheses) for the eight known families of subterranean-dwelling millipedes from Guangxi, China. negligible evaporation rate (Howarth 1980, 1982). While we recognize other factors may contribute to the occurrence of cave deep zones (e.g., mazy and/or constricted passageways, small or partially rock-fall obstructed entrances, and cave structure in general), we used this criterion because logistics prevented us from selecting study sites based upon site visit evaluations. is work represents the rst eort to sample these caves for subterranean-adapted arthropods. All caves occurred at low elevations within tower karst formations. While extensive agriculture, as well as rural village and suburban habitation characterized the surround ing lowlands, vegetation on the tower karst represented a marginally disturbed combi nation of native and introduced plant and tree species. Literature review and synthesis Based on our knowledge of the South China Karst (SCK) cave-dwelling millipede literature, we summarized the total number of caves sampled and cave-dwelling mil lipedes detected for Guangxi. For selected species occurring within two or more caves, we determined maximum distances between caves and, in some cases, average dis tances across all caves using ArcGIS 10.6.1.
60 Figure 2. Study area with general locations of the four study caves (black triangles). Locator map depicts the Guilin area (red dot), Guangxi (bold black outline), China. Field sampling We hand collected cave-dwelling arthropods at four caves from 15 to 18 November 2016. Approximately eight hours (2 observers at 4 hours per observer) was spent con ducting direct intuitive searches within estimated deep zones of each cave. We ex amined bat guano, dead insects, mud banks and oors, ood detritus, or vegetation
61 brought in by humans and deposited within the cave. Given the four caves varied in size and the diversity of arthropods encountered, the areal extent sampled varied. We also sampled the vegetation within the entrance of Liangfeng Cave applying a direct intuitive search approach. For all four caves, we also opportunistically collected arthro pods as encountered while transiting from entrance to estimated deep zones. Sampling methods were applied sensu stricto Wynne et al. (2019). Analysis and preparation All specimens examined in this study were collected by the second author in the Guilin area, Guangxi, southern China and preserved in 95% ethanol. Holotypes and para types are deposited in the Zoological Collection of the South China Agricultural Uni versity, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China (SCAU). Detailed examination of characters and dissections were performed using a Leica S8 APO stereo micro scope. Line drawings were prepared with a ZEISS Axioskop40 microscope with a camera lu cida attached. Photographs were taken using a Keyence VHX-5000 digital mi croscope, and further edited using Adobe Photoshop CS5. Cave locations We recognize standard practice for new species description is to provide sample locality information including geographical data to facilitate future collecting, interpretation and research. Because caves often represent sensitive resources, we provided general geographical information and oset the latitude and longitude coordinates by ~1 km. is level of detail is sucient for future comparative studies, while protecting the precise location of our study caves. Terminology Cave ecosystems typically consist of four zonal environments (Howarth 1980, 1983): (1) entrance zone â€“ combination of surface and cave environmental conditions; (2) twilight zone â€“ both diminished light conditions and inuence of surface environ ment; (3) transition zone â€“ aphotic, yet barometric and diurnal shifts are observed at a signicantly diminished rate approaching near stable climatic conditions; and, (4) deep zone â€“ complete darkness, high environmental stability, constant temperature, and near water-saturated atmosphere with low to no airow (typically occurs in the deepest portion of the cave). While there are four primary cave specic functional groups gen erally recognized, the specimens discussed are troglomorphic (subterranean-adapted) organisms known as troglobionts (Sket 2008). ese animals are obligate cave dwellers that require the stable environmental conditions of the deep zone to complete their life cycle and exhibit morphological characteristics indicative of cave adaptation. We also
62 Table 1. Fifty-two known cave-dwelling millipede species from Guangxi, South China Karst, China. â€˜Or der: Family: Speciesâ€™, â€˜Functional Groupâ€™ (TB=presumed troglobiont, TP=troglophile), number of caves (# Caves) to suggest a level of potential endemism), and main Reference(s) are provided. As troglophiles are expected to have regional distributions, the number of caves where TPs were detected is not included. Order: Family: Species Functional group # Caves Reference(s) Glomerida: Glomeridae Hyleoglomeris baxian Liu & Tian , 2015 T B 1 Liu and Tian 2015a Hyleoglomeris curtisulcata Golovatch, Liu & Georoy , 2012 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012a Hyleoglomeris grandis Liu & Tian , 2015 T B 1 Liu and Tian 2015a Hyleoglomeris heshang Golovatch, Liu & Georoy , 2012 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012a Hyleoglomeris kunnan Golovatch, Liu & Georoy , 2012 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012a Hyleoglomeris lii Golovatch, Liu & Georoy , 2012 T P â€“ Golovatch et al. 2012a Hyleoglomeris mashanorum Golovatch, Liu & Georoy , 2012 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012a Hyleoglomeris mulunensis Golovatch, Liu & Georoy , 2012 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012a Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov. T P â€“ is study Hyleoglomeris xueju Golovatch, Liu & Georoy , 2012 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012a Hyleoglomeris xuxiakei sp. nov. T B 1 is study Polydesmida: Cryptodesmidae Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov. T B 1 is study Haplodesmidae Eutrichodesmus distinctus Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2009 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2009a Eutrichodesmus jianjia sp. nov. T B 1 is study Eutrichodesmus latus Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2009 T B 4 Golovatch et al. 2009b Eutrichodesmus lip s ae Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2015 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2015 Eutrichodesmus planatus Liu & Tian , 2013 T B 1 Liu and Tian 2013 Eutrichodesmus similis Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2009 T B 2 Golovatch et al. 2009b Paradoxosomatidae Piccola golovatchi Liu & Tian , 2015 T B 1 Liu and Tian 2015b Hylomus longispinus (Loksa, 1960) T B 1 Loksa 1960 , Golovatch et al . 2010 a, Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus lui (Golovatch, Li, Liu & Georoy , 201 2) T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012b , Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus nodulos us ( Liu, Golovatch & Tian, 2014 ) T P â€“ Liu et al. 2014 , Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus phasmoides ( Liu, Golovatch & Tian , 2016 ) T B 1 Liu et al. 2016 , Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus scolopendroides Golovatch, Georoy & Mauris, 2010 T B 4 Golovatch et al. 2010a, Liu et al. 2014 , Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus scutigeroides Golovatch, Georoy & Mauris, 2010 T B 6 Golovatch et al. 2010a , Liu et al. 2014 , Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus spinissim us ( Golovatch, Li, Liu & Georoy , 2012 ) T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2012b , Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus variabilis ( Liu, Golovatch & Tian , 2016 ) T P â€“ Liu et al. 2016 , Srisonchai et al. 2018 Hylomus yuani sp. nov. T B 1 is study Polydesmidae Epanerchodus orientalis Attems, 1901 T P â€“ Golovatch et al. 2012c Pacidesmus armatus Golovatch, Georoy & Mauris , 2010 T B 3 Golovatch et al. 2010b Pacidesmus bedosae Golovatch, Georoy & Mauris , 2010 T B 3 Golovatch et al. 2010b Pacidesmus bidus Golovatch & Georoy , 2014 T B 1 Golovatch and Georoy 2014 Pacidesmus tiani Golovatch, Georoy & Mauris , 2010 T B 2 Golovatch et al. 2010b Pacidesmus tridus Golovatch & Georoy , 2014 T B 4 Golovatch and Georoy 2014 , is study
63 Order: Family: Species Functional group # Caves Reference(s) Callipodida: Paracortinidae Paracortina yinae Liu & Tian , 2015 T P â€“ Liu and Tian 2015 c Spirostreptida: Pericambalidae Bilingulus sinicus Zhang & Li, 1981 T P â€“ Zhang and Li 1981 , is study Parabilingulus aramulus Zhang & Li, 1981 T P â€“ Zhang and Li 1981 Parabilingulus simplicius Mauris & Nguyen DuyJacquemin, 1997 T P â€“ Mauri s and Nguyen Duy-Jacquemin 1997 Cambalopsidae Hypocambala polytricha Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2011a Glyphiulus acutus Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B ? 2 Golovatch et al. 2011b Glyphiulus calceus Jiang, Guo, Chen & Xie , 2018 T P â€“ Jiang et al. 2018 Glyphiulus dicilis Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B 2 Golovatch et al. 2011b Glyphiulus echinoides Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T P â€“ Golovatch et al. 2011 c Glyphiulus foetidus Jiang, Guo, Chen & Xie , 2018 T P â€“ Jiang et al. 2018 Glyphiulus impletus Jiang, Guo, Chen & Xie , 2018 T P â€“ Jiang et al. 2018 Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov. T B 1 is study Glyphiulus melanoporus Mauris & Nguyen DuyJacquemin, 1997 T P â€“ Mauris and Nguyen Duy-Jacquemin 1997 , T his study Glyphiulus mulunensis Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B 2 Golovatch et al. 2011b Glyphiulus paramulunensis Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B 2 Golovatch et al. 2011b Glyphiulus proximus Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B 2 Golovatch et al. 2011b Glyphiulus speobius Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B 2 Golovatch et al. 2011b Glyphiulus tiani Golovatch, Georoy, Mauris & VandenSpiegel , 2011 T B 1 Golovatch et al. 2011 b reference troglophiles (or troglophilous organisms) â€“ non-troglomorphic animals that occur facultatively within caves and complete their life cycles there, but also exist in similar cave-like habitats on the surface (Barr 1967, Howarth 1983, Sket 2008). Terms used for taxonomic descriptions follow Minelli (2015). Results Since ~1960, at least 49 caves have been sampled for cave-dwelling millipedes. Of these, nearly half (24 caves) supported single-cave endemic troglobionts, nine caves supported at least two troglobitic millipede species, and three caves (present study; Table 2) contained three troglobionts. For species occurring in two or more caves, maximum distance between caves ranged from 11.22 km for Glyphiulus speobius to 137.27 km for Hylomus scutigeroides (Table 3). A total of nine cave-dwelling millipede species were collected from four caves near Guilin (Table 2). Four millipede species were detected in Liangfeng Cave, the other three caves contained three species each. Of the six undescribed species, four are troglo -
64 Table 2. Nine cave-dwelling millipedes including both troglobitic and potentially relict species from four caves near Guilin, Guangxi, South China Karst, China. Species Maomaotou cave Guanshan No. 4 cave Shangshuiyan cave Liangfeng cave Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov. â€“ â€“ â€“ Hyleoglomeris xuxiakei sp. nov. â€“ â€“ â€“ Hylomus yuani sp. nov. â€“ â€“ â€“ Eutrichodesmus jianjia sp. nov. â€“ â€“ â€“ Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov. â€“ â€“ â€“ Pacidesmus tridus â€“ Blingulus sinicus â€“ Glyphiulus melanoporus â€“ â€“ â€“ Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov. â€“ â€“ â€“ Table 3. Fourteen troglomorphic millipede species detected in more than one cave, Guangxi, South China Karst, China. â€˜Order: Family: Speciesâ€™, number of caves (# Caves) to suggest a level of potential endemism), and maximum distance between caves in kilometers (Max Dist.) are provided. *Indicates coordinate data for all caves was unavailable for that species. â€˜?â€™ denotes maximum distance was indeter minable due to lack of cave coordinate data. â€˜Landscape featuresâ€™ potentially aecting distribution of caves separated by more than 10 km. Order: Family: Species # Caves Max dist. (km) Landscape features Polydesmida: Haplodesmidae * Eutrichodesmus latus 4 14.32 Maximum distance between two caves provided, the third cave occurs in between the two. *Eutrichodesmus similis 2 ? Paradoxosomatida Hylomus scolopendroides 4 81.27 ree caves clustered within 21.24 km; one cave separated by Diaojiang, Hongshui and Jincheng Rivers and lowland areas Hylomus scutigeroides 6 137.6 One cave separated from others by Hongshui River; others may occur in same formation Polydesmidae *Pacidesmus armatus 3 12.4 Two of three caves separated by lowland areas *Pacidesmus bedosae 3 2.67 Pacidesmus tiani 2 1.88 Pacidesmus tridus 4 59.7 Separated by lowland areas Spirostreptida: Cambalopsidae Glyphiulus acutus 2 8.85 Glyphiulus dicilis 2 9.32 Glyphiulus mulunensis 2 7.77 Glyphiulus paramulunensis 2 6.67 Glyphiulus proximus 2 2.67 Glyphiulus speobius 2 11.22 Separated by lowland areas morphic and may represent single cave and/or short-range endemics. One undescribed epigean species, Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov., was identied within cave entrance vegetation, and may represent a â€˜disturbance relictâ€™ species ( sensu stricto Wynne et al. 2014). Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov., a troglophile, was detected in one cave, but likely has a more regional distribution. For known troglophiles, Blingulus sinicus Zhang & Li, 1981 were more widely distributed occurring in three caves each, while Glyphiulus melanoporus Mauris & Nguyen Duy-Jacquemin, 1997 was detected in one cave.
65 Class Diplopoda Order Glomerida Leach, 1814 Family Glomeridae Leach, 1815 Genus Hyleoglomeris Verhoe, 1910 Type species. Hyleoglomeris multilineata Verhoe, 1910. Remarks. e genus can be characterized by the telopods, which with frontomesal tri chosteles on the prefemur and femur, and the caudomesal femoral process forming a dis tinct angle to femur proper (Golovatch et al. 2006, Liu and Tian 2015a). It encompasses over 90 species distributed in Eurasia from Japan and Sulawesi to the Balkans (Engho et al. 2015). At present, 30 species of this genus occur in China, 25 are subterranean-adapted. Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov. http://zoobank.org/EFA33915-ECD8-4B25-B874-28D0354B907C Figs 3A, 5, 6 Type material. Holotype male (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Re gion, Yangshou County, Shangshuiyan Cave [24'43.6"N, 110'37.21"E], 191 m elevation (el.), cave entrance, ferns and other vegetation (refer to habitat section below), direct intuitive search, 17 November 2016, J.J. Wynne leg. Paratype, 1 female (SCAU), same data as holotype. Etymology. e species name, rukouqu , is used as a noun in apposition from the Mandarin phrase, rk u q ( ). When translated to English it means â€œentrance zoneâ€ or â€œentrance areaâ€ to denote the area in the cave where this species was collected. Diagnosis. Adult male of H. rukouqu sp. nov. is distinct from other Hyleoglomeris species based on the following combination of characters: (1) peculiar color pattern (Fig. 5); (2) telopods with a large, rectangular, central syncoxital lobe (Fig. 6D). is new species is similar to H. lii (a troglophile from a cave in Guangxi), but is distin guished by (1) 2+2 dark brown spots on the thoracic shield (Fig. 5B, C) vs. 1+1 light grey-yellow spots in H. lii ; (2) sycoxital lobe of telopods being high, large and rectan gle-shaped (Fig. 6D) vs. low, linguiform, apically evidently concave in H. lii . Description. Based on type specimens. Length ca 8.0 mm (holotype), 11.0 mm (paratype), width 5.0 mm (holotype), 7.0 mm (paratype). Coloration: pattern vivid (Fig. 3A). With the exception of the brown dorsal spots, this species had similar coloration as that of the limestone rock and sediment within the entrance. General coloration in alco hol (Fig. 5) light yellowish with contrastingly dark spots, latter absent on rings 3 and 11. Head only brownish caudal margin, antennae and ommatidia dark-brownish. Collum mostly marbled dark-brown except frontal margin part. oracic shield with 2+2 dark brown spots, but lateral ones smaller than middle ones. Terga 4 with 1+1 brownish spots, smaller than the above. Terga 5 and pygidium with 1+1 large, oblong, transverse, para median, marbled, dark spots. Terga 8, these paramedian spots increasingly separated
66 Figure 3. A Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov. from Shangshuiyan Cave B Hyleoglomeris xuxiakei sp. nov. from Guanshan No. 4 Cave C Hylomus yuani sp. nov. from Liangfeng Cave D Eutrichodesmus jianjia sp. nov. from Guanshan No. 4 Cave. i nto 2+2, but lateral ones smaller than middle ones. Head: Ommatidium at least 7+1, lenses rather convex. Tmsvryâ€™s organ transverse-oval, parallel to the body, only slightly wider than lo ng. Antennae with four apica l cones, ant ennomere 6 ca 2.5 times as long as
67 Figure 4. A Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov. from Liangfeng Cave B Pacidesmus tridus Golovatch & Georoy, 2014 from Maomaotou Cave C Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov. from Liangfeng Cave. Figure 5. Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov., holotype. Aâ€“C Habitus, dorsal, lateral and ventral views, respectively. wide. Exoskeleton: Collum with two transverse striae (Fig. 5C). oracic shield (Fig. 5B) with a narrow hyposchism, the latter not reaching behind caudal tergal margin; 7 trans verse striae: 3 starting below, 1 level to, 3 above schism; 5 striae (never the rst and last from below) crossing the dorsum. Following terga 3 with two striae above lateral edge (Fig. 5B). Pygidium (last tergite) of bo t h sexes slightly concave medially at caudal mar gin. leg 17 with a low, rounded, outer coxal lobe; telopodite 4-segmented (Fig. 6A). leg 18 with a subtrianglar syncoxit al notch; telopodite 4-segmented (Fig. 6B). Telopods: (Fig. 6Câ€“E) with a large, subrectanglar, central syncoxital lobe anked by high setose horns, each of the latter with a small lobe on top. Prefemur micropapillate laterally, with a long, digitiform, frontomesal trichostele. Femur with a smaller, digitiform, frontomesal trichostele. Caudomedial femoral process prominent, apically with an evident lobe. Tibia with a frontomesal seta. Caudomesal tibial process evident, recurved; an indistinct, papil late tubercle at base on caudal face. Tarsus strongly sigmoid, narrowly rounded apically.
68 Figure 6. Hyleoglomeris rukouqu sp. nov., holotype. A leg 17, anterior view B leg 18; anterior view C right half of telopods, posterior view D right half of telopods, anterior views E tip of syncoxital horn, anterior view. Habitat. Specimens were collected within a vegetation association that may be limited to the cave entrance zone and similar geographic features (e.g., sinkholes and ssures in rock). At least three plant species occurred within the entrance including Gesneriaceae sp., Adiantum sp., and one other fern species, which cannot be identied without examining the sorii (A. Monro, pers. comm. 2018). Notes. Based on the vivid color pattern and well-developed ommatidia, as well as the location where it was detected within the cave, this animal represents an epigean species and may be functioning as an obligate troglophile ( sensu Peck 1970). While it is likely H. rukouqu sp. nov. either occurred or still occurs in similar habitats on the surface, the importance of relict plant species restricted to cave entrances has been discussed for southern China (Monro et al. 2018). Additionally, several arthropod spe cies globally are restricted to cave entrances in Polynesia (Mockford and Wynne 2013, Wynne et al. 2014, Bernard et al. 2015, Taiti and Wynne 2015) and North America (Benedict 1979, Wynne and Shear 2016) due to either extensive surface disturbance and glacial interglacial cycles, respectively. us, it is possible this species is a â€˜distur bance relictâ€™ restricted to the entrance of Shangshuiyan Cave and potentially other area cave entrances with similar vegetation. Hyleoglomeris xuxiakei sp. nov. http://zoobank.org/D3CA0855-76FD-4683-8A7C-3F0505DC3D8E Figs 3B, 7, 8 Type material. Holotype male (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Re gion, Yangshuo County, Guanshan No. 4 Cave [24'58.34"N, 110'53.52"E],
69 186 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 16 November 2016, J.J. Wynne leg. Paratype, 1 male (SCAU), same data as holotype. 3 females (SCAU), same data as holotype, but deep zone, slightly muddy at area. Etymology. e species name, xuxiakei , was Latinized using a combination of the surname and forename of Xu Xiake ( ). Xu was a traveler, explorer, and the rst speleologist of China, who studied caves and karst geology during the decline of the Ming Dynasty. He conducted a four-year expedition (1636) across southern China where he examined over 300 caves (including more than 100 from the Guilin area; Sweeting 1995, Ravbar 2016). In his book, Xu Xiakeâ€™s Travels (rst published in 1642), he described underground streams and ponds, provided sketch maps of caves, as well as proposed terminology for karst features; many of his speleological terms are still used today (Ravbar 2016). Figure 7. Hyleoglomeris xuxiakei sp. nov., holotype. Aâ€“C Habitus, dorsal, lateral and ventral views, respectively. Figure 8. Hyleoglomeris xuxiakei sp. nov., holotype. A Leg 17, anterior view B leg 18; anterior view C right half of telopods, posterior view D right half of telopods, anterior views.
70 Diagnosis. Adult male of H. xuxiakei sp. nov. is distinct from other Hyleoglomeris species based on the following combination of characters: (1) nearly pallid color (Fig. 7); (2) leg 17 with 3-segmented telopodite (Fig. 8A); (3) telopods with a low, ovalshaped, central syncoxital lobe; (4) horns of syncoxital lobe without any structure on top (Fig. 8D). is new species is clearly distinguished by the depigmented body (Fig. 3B) vs. vivid color pattern in H. rukouqu sp. nov. (Fig. 3A). Description. Based on type specimens. Lengths of body ca 3.8.5 mm, width 2.5 .0 mm in both sexes. Coloration: entirely pallid (Figs 3B, 7). Head: Ommatidium at least 5(6) + 1, translucent, barely visible (Fig. 7C). Tmsvryâ€™s organ transverse-ov al, parallel to the body, only slightly wider than long. Antennae with four apical cones, antennomere 6 ca 2.0 ( ) or 1.8 ( ) times as long as wide. Exoskeleton: Collum with two transverse striae (Fig. 7C). oracic shield with a narrow hyposchism, the latter reaching behind caudal tergal margin; 8 transverse striae: 4(5) starting below, one level to, 3(4) above schism; 5 striae (never the rst and last from below) crossing the dorsum. Following terga 3 with two striae above lateral edge. Pygidium of both sexes regularly rounded at caudal margin. leg 17 with a low, subrounded, outer coxal lobe; telopodite 3-segmented (Fig. 8A). leg 18 with an arch-shaped syncoxital notch; telopodite 4-segmented (Fig. 8B). Telopods: (Fig. 8Câ€“D) with a rather low, oval-shaped, transverse, central syncoxital lobe anked by high setose horns, each of the latter without any structure on top. Prefemur micropapillate laterally, with a welldeveloped frontomesal trichostele. Femur with a smaller frontomesal trichostele. Cau domesal femoral process prominent, apically with an evident lobe strongly curved to frontad. Tibia with a frontomesal seta. Caudomesal tibial process evident, recurved; a distinct, papillate tubercle at base on caudal face. Tarsus strongly sigmoid, narrowly rounded apically. Habitat. is species was collected from a chamber within the estimated cave deep zone, approximately 50 m from the cave entrance. Cave sediment was compact mud with a small amount of rock breakdown from the ceiling. Notes. Based on a depigmented habitus and translucent ommatidia, we consider this species is a troglobiont. Order Polydesmida Leach, 1815 Family Paradoxosomatidae Daday, 1889 Genus Hylomus Cook & Loomis, 1924 Type species. Hylomus draco Cook & Loomis, 1924. Remarks. e genus is often referred to as â€œdragon millipedesâ€ because of the para terga is antler-like, wing-shaped or spiniform. It can be characterized by the collum and metaterga often with granulate, tuberculate and/or speculate; male femora (5, 6, 7 and/ or 9) often humped ventrally; and gonopods mostly suberect, some subfalcated, a short ened solenomere mostly sheathed by a usually condensed, rather simple solenophore
71 (Liu et al. 2014, 2016). is genus encompasses 33 species distributed from China, Laos, Vietnam and ailand (Srisonchai et al. 2018). At present, 19 species are known in China and 13 are subterranean-adapted (Liu et al. 2016; Srisonchai et al. 2018). Hylomus yuani sp. nov. http://zoobank.org/89255A98-84A8-4D57-ADF4-F7B4F0BDBE48 Figs 3C, 9 Material examined. Holotype male (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Lingchuan County, Liangfeng Cave [25'34.86"N, 110'56.8"E], 184 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 18 November 2016, J.J. Wynne leg. Paratypes, 1 male, 3 females (SCAU), same data as holotype. Etymology. is species is named for Dr. Yuan Daoxian ( ), a preeminent and globally recognized Chinese hydrologist. He has made numerous signicant con tributions in advancing both the science and management of karst and karst waters in southern China since the 1960s. Diagnosis. Adult males of H. yuani sp. nov. are distinct from other Hylomus spe cies based on the following combination of characters: (1) paraterga long and spini form only on collum and rings 2, short and coniform thereafter (Figs 9, 10A, B); (2) collum with 8+8 frontal, 3+3 in the middle, 3+3 caudal, setigerous spinules; (3) femur 6 strongly inated in distal 1/4 (Fig. 10D); (4) gonopod with a agelliform sole nomere and a strongly condensed solenophore (Figs 9). is new species is similar to H.lui (a troglobiont from a cave in Guilin), but is distinguished by (1) paraterga long and spiniform on collum and rings 2 (Fig. 9) vs. on collum and rings 2 in H. lui ; (2) collum and following metaterga with three transverse rows of spinules (Fig. 10Aâ€“B) vs. two transverse rows of spinules in H. lui . Description. Based on type specimens. Lengths of body ca 27 ( ), 30 mm ( ); width of mid-body proand metazonae 1.5.6 and 2.0 ( ), 2.0.2 and 2.5.6 mm ( ). Coloration: light brownish to nearly pallid (Figs 3C, 9). Antennomere 7 dark brown. Body: with 20 rings. In width, head < ring 2 < collum < 4 < 3 = 6 < 8 < 10; thereafter body gradually tapered posteriorly towards telson. Head: densely setose, but more sparsely on vertex, epicranial suture conspicuous (Fig. 10A). Antennae long and slender, reaching past ring 8 ( ) or 7 ( ) when extended posteri orly. Exoskeleton: Collum with 8+8 evident setigerous spinules arranged in a row at front margin, behind it with 3+3 in the middle and 3+3 similarly spinules at posterior margin. Metaterga 2 each with 5+5, 3+3 and 5+5(6) similarly setigerous spinules ar ranged in three transverse rows (Fig. 9A). Following metaterga with same sculpture, but 7+7 setigerous spinules at posterior margin, 2 spinules of them extended to the lateral side (Figs 9C, 10B). Paraterga clearly spiniform, but well-developed only in para terga 1, directed more dorsad than laterad (Fig. 9A). Following paraterga increasingly stout and short, paraterga 7 directed dorsolaterad, thereafter directed clearly caudad (Figs 9C, 10Aâ€“B). Tegument shining, prozonae delicately microalveolate, metaterga
72 Figure 9. Hylomus yuani sp. nov., paratype. A Anterior part of body, dorsal view B anterior part of body, ventral view C posterior part of body, dorsal view D posterior part of body, ventral view.
73 Figure 10. Hylomus yuani sp. nov., paratype. A Mid-body rings, dorsal view B mid-body rings, lateral views C sternite V, ventral view D femora 6 and 7, subventral view. and surface below paraterga nely microgranulate. Constriction between proand metazonae broad and shallow (Fig. 10Aâ€“B). Pore formula normal; transverse sulcus usually very vague, but traceable in rings 5 (Fig. 10A). Ozopores inconspicuous, located near the base on lateral side of pore-bearing paraterga (Fig. 10B). Pleurosternal carinae evident only on rings 2 and 3 in both sexes, absent thereafter. Epiproct simple, lateral pre-apical papillae distinct (Fig. 9C). Hypoproct subtrapeziform, caudal margin emarginate, setigerous cones at caudal edge large, widely separated (Fig. 9D). Sterna sparsely setose, cross-shaped impressions weak. A paramedian pair of short, rounded, independent tubercles between coxae 4 (Figs 9B, 10C). Legs long and slender, ca 5.0 ( ) or 3.5 ( ) times as long as mid-body ring height. femur 6 strongly inated ventrally in distal 1/4 (Fig. 10D). Gonopods: (Figs 11, 12) Coxite short, subcylindrical, densely setose distodorsally, about 1/3 as long as telopodite. Prefemur densely setose and about half as long as acropodite. Femorite elongate, slightly curved, with seminal groove running entirely on mesal face. Solenophore ( sph ) strongly condensed; soleno mere ( sl ) agelliform, evidently separated at base from solenophore. Habitat. is species was collected within the estimated cave deep zone, approximate ly 20 m from the cave entrance. Cave sediment was compact mud and the passageway was swaddled by a slightly visible fog. is species and cave crickets (family Rhaphidophoridae) were among the most abundant species within this portion of cave deep zone. Notes. Based on the slender elongate antennae and legs, a depigmented cuticle, the species is considered a troglobiont.
74 Figure 11. Hylomus yuani sp. nov., paratype. A Right gonopod, lateral view B right gonopod, mesal views. Figure 12. Hylomus yuani sp. nov., paratype. A Right gonopod, lateral view B right gonopod, mesal views. Designations: sl = solenomere; sph = splenophore.
75 Family Haplodesmidae Cook, 1895 Genus Eutrichodesmus Silvestri, 1910 Type species. Eutrichodesmus demangei Silvestri, 1910. Remarks. e genus can be characterized by the body often capable of volvation, with or without mid-dorsal projections; paraterga 2 strongly enlarged; and gonopod femorite with a more or less distinct process or outgrowth laterally (Golovatch et al. 2009a, b). It encompasses 53 species distributed from south Japan, southern China, and Southeast Asia to Vanuatu, Melanesia (Engho et al. 2015, Liu et al. 2017b). At pre sent, 23 species have been known in continental China, 20 are subterranean-adapted. Eutrichodesmus jianjia sp. nov. http://zoobank.org/403323E4-C776-4DC8-8795-9C53C3B64E02 Figs 3D, 13, 14 Type material. Holotype male (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Re gion, Yangshuo County, Guanshan No. 4 Cave [24'58.34"N, 110'53.52"E], 186 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 16 November 2016, J. J. Wynne leg. Paratypes, 4 females, 1 juv. (SCAU), same data as holotype; 1 male (SCAU), same data as holotype, but collected on mud bank. Etymology. e species name, jianjia ( ), is used as a noun in apposition. is phrase was used to denote the well-developed paraterga, which covers the millipedeâ€™s legs much like the pauldrons of body armor cover the shoulder of the warrior. Diagnosis. Adult males of E. jianjia sp. nov. is distinct from other Eutrichodesmus species based on the following combination of characters: (1) collum with ve, and metaterga 2 with three transverse rows of round microvillose tubercles (Fig. 13). (2) gonopod acropodite with a dorsolateral tooth (t) at midway and apical with a large tube-shaped lobe (l) (Fig. 14). is new species is clearly distinguished from E. lipsae (a troglobiont from a cave in Guilin) by (1) metaterga without mid-dorsal projections vs. most metaterga with mid-dorsal projections; (2) gonopod acropodite with a triangular, ventral process (p) at about basal 1/3 (Fig. 14) vs. without this process in E. lipsae . Description. Based on type specimens. Lengths of adult body ca 6.0.0 mm, widths of mid-body proand metazonae 0.6.0 and 1.2.3 mm in both sexes. Col oration: generally light-yellowish to pallid (Fig. 3D). Body: subcylindrical, congloba tion complete, adults with 20 rings (Fig. 10A). Head: frons densely setose, nely micro granulate on vertex, with a paramedian pair of rounded knobs above antennal sockets. Epicranial suture conspicuous. Antennae short, slightly clavate. Exoskeleton: Collum subtrapeziform, slightly broader than head, not covering the latter from above, with ve transverse rows of round microvillose tubercles (Fig. 13B). Metaterga 2 each with three transverse mixostictic rows of similar tubercles extending onto paraterga, about 6+6 per row. e middle row of tubercles slightly larger than others. Pre-anal ring short, with four transverse rows of small tubercles (Fig. 13D, E). Paraterga with evident shoulders anteriorly, strongly declivous, broad and usually triobate laterally, evidently
76 Figure 13. Eutrichodesmus jianjia sp. nov., paratype. A Habitus, lateral view B anterior part of body, ventral view C anterior part of body, dorsal view D posterior part of body, ventral view E posterior part of body, lateral view. Figure 14. Eutrichodesmus jianjia sp. nov., paratype. A Left gonopod, lateral view B left gonopod, mesal view. Designations: dp = distofemoral process; l = lobe; p = process; t = tooth. extending down below level of venter; caudolaterally at base with two distinct lobula tions (Fig. 13A). Paraterga 2 strongly enlarged. Tergal setae and ozopores invisible. Ozo pores hardly visible. Prozonae nely alveolate; constriction between proand metazoan
77 narrow and shallow. Epiproct apically with four spinnerets. Hypoproct subtrapeziform, with two long setae. Sterna narrow, but much broader between coxae 6 and 9. Gonopod aperture suboval. Legs long and slender, but hardly reaching tips of paraterga. Gonopods: (Fig. 14) Coxite large, abundantly setose and micropapillate ventrolaterally. Telopodite subfalcate, distinctly curved ventrad, setose in its basal part, with a promi nent, denticulate, lateral, distofemoral process ( dp ) at midway. Acropodite with a trian gular, ventral process ( p ) at about basal one-third and a dorsolateral tooth ( t ) at midway; apical with a large tube-shaped lobe ( l ). Seminal groove long, terminating without hair. Habitat. Specimens were collected in the same general location as H. xuxiakei sp. nov. specimens. us, refer to the H. xuxiakei sp. nov. habitat description. Notes. Based on the long slender legs and a depigmented cuticle, we consider this species a troglobiont. Family Cryptodesmidae Karsch, 1880 Genus Trichopeltis Pocock, 1894 Type species. Cryptodesmus bicolor Pocock, 1894. Remarks. e genus can be characterized by the metaterga distinctly several trans verse rows of tuberculations, usually setose, and gonopod usually foliate, with a tri partite or deeply notched telopodite. It encompasses 12 species distributed from the Himalayas of India, through Bangladesh, Myanmar to southern China, Laos, Viet nam, Cambodia and Indonesia (Likhitrakarn et al. 2017). At present, 5 species have been known in China, 4 are subterranean-adapted. Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov. http://zoobank.org/7E972E70-ADDA-4CA1-924F-3016EF5E3FA7 Figs 4A, 15 Type material. Holotype male (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Re gion, Lingchuan County, Liangfeng Cave [25'34.86"N, 110'56.8"E], 184 m el., deep zone, steam bank, direct intuitive search, 18 November 2016, J.J. Wynne leg. Paratypes, 4 females (SCAU), same data as holotype. Etymology. is species name, liangfengdong , is used as a noun in apposition and is the name of the type locality. Diagnosis. Adult male of T. liangfengdong sp. nov. is distinct from other Trichopeltis species based on the following combination of characters: (1) metaterga 2 with four transverse rows of small, setigerous tubercles (Fig. 15B); (2) gonopod coxae without seta and acropodite with several small subapical lobules (los) (Fig. 17). is new species is similar to T. reexus (a troglobiont from a cave in Hunan), but is distinguished by (1) metaterga 2 with four transverse rows of setigerous tubercles vs. two transverse rows in T. reexus ; (2) tip of acropodite bid (Fig. 17) vs. distorted in T. reexus .
78 Description. Based on type specimens. Length of both sexes ca 14.0.0 mm, widths of mid-body proand metazonae 1.5.0 and 4.8.0 mm. Coloration: gener ally pallid (Fig. 4B). Body: with 20 rings (Fig. 15). In width, collum < ring 2 < 3 = 4 < 5 < 6 < 7; thereafter body gradually tapered posteriorly towards telson. Head: densely pilose and microgranulate, epicranial suture present (Fig. 16A). Antennae long, reaching past ring 3 when extended posteriorly; in length, antennomere 6 = 5 > 4 = 3 > 2 > 7 > 1. Exoskeleton: Collum fan-shaped (Fig. 15A), covering the head from above, dorsal surface with irregular several small, round, setigerous tubercles. Marginal lobules on collum: 13+13 small, setigerous, rounded anteriorly, 7+7 relative larger, laterally and 5+5 very small caudally. Mid-dorsal regions on rings 2 with four more or less regular, transverse rows of similarly small, setigerous tubercles, 4 + 4 per row (Figs 15B, 16B). Several tubercles extending onto paraterga. Following metaterga with ve rows of smaller tubercles, 6 + 6 per row (Fig. 15B). Paraterga strong ly developed, clearly upturned dorsally above the dorsum only on the collum, other paraterga at. Each with 5 small, dentiform, lateral and 7 much larger, squarish caudolateral lobules, all evident, setigerous and microvillose (Figs 15, 16A, B). Cau Figure 15. Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov. holotype. A Habitus, ventral view B habitus, sublateral view.
79 Figure 16. Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov., holotype. A anterior part of body, ventral view B anterior part of body, dorsal view C sterna 6 and 7, ventral view D right gonopod, mesal view E right gonopod, lateral view. dolateral lobules on paraterga mostly oblong, relatively large, and well separated from one another (Fig. 16A). Caudolateral corner of paraterga projecting behind rear ter gal margin on rings 15 (Fig. 15). Integument clearly microgranulate throughout, prozonae nely alveolated. Limbus regularly crenulated. Stricture between proand metazonae broad, shallow and nely microgranulated. Tergal setae simple and short (Fig. 16A, B). Ozopores invisible, pore formula untraceable. Epiproct short, with four spinnerets apically. Hypoproct subtrapeziform, 1+1 caudal setigerous papillae clearly separated. Pleurosternal carinae present on rings 2 and 3 in both sexes. Sterna mod estly setose, cross-shaped impressions moderate, broadened between coxae 9 (Fig. 16C). Legs long and slender, unmodied, produced beyond paratergal lateral margin (Fig. 15), about 1.8 times as long as mid-body ring height in both sexes. Gonopods: (Figs 16D, E, 17) Coxite short and squarish, without seta. Prefemur densely setose and a particularly long setae; nearly half the length of telopodite. Femorite strongly at ten, pie-shaped, with a small lobe ( l ) ventrally. Acropodite folded, with several small subapical lobules ( los ), tip bid. Seminal groove terminating with a hairy pulvillus, forming no distinct solenomere.
80 Habitat. Specimens were collected in the same general location as H. yuani sp. nov. specimens. us, refer to the H. yuani sp. nov. habitat description. Notes. Based on the long slender antennae and legs and a depigmented cuticle, the species is considered a troglobiont. Family Polydesmidae Leach, 1815 Genus Pacidesmus Golovatch, 1991 Type species. Pacidesmus shelleyi Golovatch, 1991 Remarks. e genus can be characterized by metaterga often with three transverse rows of 3+3 sculpture, and gonopod structure showing no prominent clivus to recurve laterad of the seminal groove (Golovatch and Georoy 2006). It encompasses 9 spe cies, only the type species from a mountain in Chiengmai, ailand, all other 8 species have been known from caves in China. Figure 17. Trichopeltis liangfengdong sp. nov., holotype. A Left gonopod, mesal view B left gonopod, lateral view. Designations: l = lobe; los = lobules.
81 Pacidesmus tridus Golovatch & Georoy, 2014 Fig. 4B Material examined. 6 males, 3 females (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yangshuo County, Guanshan No. 4 Cave [24'58.34"N, 110'53.52"E], 186 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 16 November 2016, J.J. Wynne leg. 1 male, 1 juv. (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Xiufeng District, Maomaotou Cave [25'46.12"N, 110'12.64"E], 225 m el., deep zone, direct in tuitive search, 15 November 2016, J. J. Wynne leg. 2 males, 1 female, 4 juv. (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yangshou County, Shangshuiyan Cave [24'43.6"N, 110'37.21"E], 191 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 17 November 2016, J. J. Wynne leg. Notes. is troglobiont was rst found in Skeleton Cave [25'13"N, 110'26"E], el. 186 m (Golovatch and Georoy 2014). We later conrmed P. tridus within three caves with the furthest cave (Guanshan # 4) approximately ~13 km to the south of type locality. e three caves where we detected P. tridus are separated by a distance of ~41 km. e northernmost cave, Maomaotou Cave occurs 39.6 km north from Guangshan No. 4 Cave and Shangshuiyan Cave, which are co-located occurring within 1 km of each other. As it is currently morphologically described as one species, it now has a regional distribution. Habitat. is species was collected from the estimated deep zones of the three caves. For Maomaotou cave, we collected it within bamboo detritus at mid-cave. In Shangshuiyan Cave, specimens were collected within decomposing detritus and along muddy cave sediment deposits within a sinuous passageway. For Guangshan No. 4 Cave, refer to habitat descriptions of H. xuxiakei sp. nov. Order Spirostreptida Brandt, 1833 Family Pericambalidae Silvestri, 1909 Genus Bilingulus Zhang & Li, 1981 Type species. Bilingulus sinicus Zhang & Li, 1981. Remarks. e genus can be characterized by the lingular lamellae divided into two parts. legs 1 with a syncoxite carry a pair of long, band-like coxal process; femur with a nger-shaped process at the end protruding posteriorly, tarsus without claw at the end. Anterior gonopod with a very broad coxa; telopodite of posterior gonopod slender, devoid of branch (Zhang and Li 1981). Bilingulus sinicus Zhang & Li, 1981 Material examined. 3 males, 3 females, 5 juv. (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yangshou County, Shangshuiyan Cave [24'43.6"N, 110'37.21"E], 191 m el., deep zone, cartography station #19, direct intuitive
82 search, 17 November 2016, J.J. Wynne leg. 4 females (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Xiufeng District, Maomaotou Cave [25'46.12"N, 110'12.64"E], 225 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 15 November 2016, J.J. Wynne leg. 1 juv. (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Ling chuan County, Liangfeng Cave [25'34.86"N, 110'56.8"E], 184 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 18 November 16, J.J. Wynne leg. Notes. is species lacked characters suggestive of troglomorphy. It had a pigment ed cuticle and ommatidia were present. us, B. sinicus is considered a troglophile. It was rst described by Zhang and Li (1981) from a cave in Guilin; no cave name or coordinate data were provided. While we detected this species in three dierent Guilin caves, weâ€™re unable to determine a distance from the type locality. e caves where we detected P. tridus is separated by an average distance of 34.1 km. Maomaotou Cave occurs to the north-northwest and is 45 km from Liangfeng Cave and 40.4 km to the north of Shangshuiyan Cave. Based upon its epigean characteristics and that this spe cies is regionally distributed on the landscape, we consider it a troglophile. Family Cambalopsidae Cook, 1895 Genus Glyphiulus Gervais, 1847 Type species. lulus (recte: Julus ) granulatus Gervais, 1847. Remarks. e genus has been divided into two groups, granulatus -group and ja vanicus -group. Both groups shared the same gonopods characters as the anterior gono pods usually with a plate-like coxosternum, 1-segmented telopodite. Posterior gonop ods highly compressed, showing a plumose, subagelliform, distal process (Golovatch et al. 2007). It encompasses over 60 species distributed in Southeast Asia and southern China. At present, 42 species have been known in China, 34 are subterranean-adapted. e below two species belong to granulatus -group because legs 1 strongly reduced, sternum devoid of median structures. Glyphiulus melanoporus Mauris & Nguyen Duy-Jacquemin, 1997 Material examined. 1 male, 1 female, 1 juv. (SCAU), China, Guangxi Zhuang Autono mous Region, Xiufeng District, Maomaotou Cave, [25'46.12"N, 110'12.64"E], 225 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 15 November 2016, J. J. Wynne leg. Notes. G. melanoporus is considered a troglophile. e type locality for this species is Skeleton Cave [25'13"N, 110'26"E] (Mauris and Nguyen Duy-Jacquemin 1997). We collected this species from Maomaotou Cave, which represents a 21.1 km range expansion to the south of the type locality. Habitat. For our specimens, we collected them within the deep zone of Maomao tou Cave. Sediment where specimens were collected was compacted and wet.
83 Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov. http://zoobank.org/5CDE1D3A-71A2-48EA-B4BB-F9FDD20D860D Figs 4C, 18 Type material. Holotype male, China, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Ling chuan County, Maocun Village, Liangfeng Cave [25'34.86"N, 110'56.8"E], 184 m el., deep zone, direct intuitive search, 18 November 2016, J.J. Wynne. Para types, 4 females, 4 juv. (SCAU), same data as holotype. Etymology. e species name, maocun , is used as a noun in apposition and is the name of the village nearest to the type locality. Diagnosis. is new species is similar to G. melanoporus (from caves in Guilin) in showing carinotaxy formula of collum Iâ€“IV+5c+6a+pc+ma. However, G. maocun sp. nov. is distinct from G. melanoporus by (1) carinotaxy formula of metaterga 2/2+I/ Figure 18. Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov., holotype. A, B Anterior part of body, sublateral views C midbody rings, dorsal view D posterior part of body, ventral view.
84 Figure 19. Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov., holotype. A Head and collum, dorsal view B head, collum, and legs 1, ventral view C legs 1, anterior view D leg 2, caudal view E legs 3, frontal view F anterior gonopods, caudal view G posterior gonopods, anterior view H posterior gonopods, caudal view. i+3/3; (2) anterior gonopod with a conspicuous, high, curved downward process on coxosternum (Figs 19F, 20A); (3) posterior gonopod tip branch plumose agellum (Figs 19Gâ€“I, 20B, C).
85 Figure 20. Glyphiulus maocun sp. nov., holotype. A Anterior gonopods, caudal view B posterior gonop ods, anterior view C posterior gonopods, caudal view. Description. Based on the type specimens. Lengths of both sexes ca 26 mm, mid-body rings round in cross-section, their widths and heights similar, 1.2.8 mm. Coloration: yellow-brown to brownish in alcohol. Ommatidia blackish (Fig. 18A). Body: with 46 podous rings + 2 apodous one(s) + telson. Head: clypeus with 4 teeth anteromedially. Each eye patch with about 8 ommatidium arranged in three irregular vertical rows (Figs 18A, 19A). Antennae long, antennomere 7 with four short apical cones (Fig. 18A, B). Gnathochilarium usually, with a separate pro mentum (Fig.19B). Exoskeleton: Carinotaxy formula of collum Iâ€“IV+5c+6a+pc+ma, anterior margin crests lower (Fig. 19A). Subsequent metaterga strongly crested, cari notaxy formula 2/2+I/i+3/3. Ozoporiferous tubercles round (Fig. 18). Prozonae deli cately alveolate; strictures and metazonae ne longitudinal striations. Rings 2 and 3 with long pleural aps. Epiproct simple, with a short, low, rounded tubercle medially. Paraprocts rather regularly convex. Hypoproct broadly emarginated (Fig. 18D). legs 1 very strongly reduced, represented only by a sternum devoid of any median or paramedian structures but carrying 1+1 strongly separated prongs both curved ante riad and bearing several strong setae (Fig. 18B, C). legs 2 with large coxae; penes oblong, each with two strong setae distolaterally (Fig. 19D). legs 3 with slender and elongate coxae (Fig. 19E). Legs slender, about 1.2 times as long as mid-body ring height. Claw simple, without any spine at base. Anterior gonopods: (Figs 19F, 20A) with a conspicuous, high, lobe-shaped, curved downward process on coxosternum, which is much higher than telopdite; telopodite slightly coiled, 1-segmented, lateral in position, with 2 or 3 strong apical setae. Posterior gonopods: (Figs 19Gâ€“I, 20B, C) laterally with a low, lateral lobe carrying a dozen of long setae, tip branch very slender and high, plumose agellum. Habitat. Specimens were collected within or at proximity to ood detritus. Notes. Specimens exhibited no characteristics suggestive of cave adaptation. It had a pigmented cuticle and well-developed blackish ommatidia. We consider this species to be troglophillic within Liangfeng Cave. Subsequently, this species may have a larger, more regional distribution.
86 Discussion Our work increased the number of subterranean-adapted millipedes from 34 to 38 species. With 564 known caves in Guangxi (Yuanhai Zhang, pers. comm. 2019), but a fraction (8.7% or 49 caves) of these caves have been examined for troglomorphic millipedes. e identication of six new species of millipedes from four caves in the Guilin area underscores the potential for many additional discoveries. For millipedespecic surveys, direct intuitive searches of selected cave deep zones ( sensu Wynne et al. 2019) has been identied as the best technique; Mesibov et al. (1995) reported that four weeks of hand collecting during the fall was more ecient than an intensive pitfall trapping eort involving trapping seven days per month for over one year. Conversely, while advancing our knowledge of regional troglomorphic millipede diversity stands to contribute signicantly to the conservation value of the SCK, a more comprehensive understanding (i.e., for all cave-dwelling taxa) of regional diversity, as well as advancing procedures to assessing the vulnerability of cave systems to anthro pogenic impact should be considered. Wynne et al. (2018, 2019) provides a system atic framework and guidance for sampling cave-dwelling arthropods using a repeatable framework, which can be modied for application in the SCK. Using such an approach, these data may be then be examined by applying principles similar to the cave vulner ability assessment developed by Tanalgo et al. (2018). rough such an eort, system atic techniques may be used to assemble robust and comparable landscape scale data, and each cave subsequently be evaluated for its vulnerability due to human activities. Moreover, for conservation biologists and resource managers to best evaluate the importance of SCK cave biological diversity, we will require a more robust understand ing of the distributional ranges of troglomorphic species (as well as other subterraneanrestricted taxa). Specically, while nearly 40 percent of troglomorphic millipedes were identied as single cave endemics, 14 troglobionts (including one whose range was expanded from this work) occurred within two or more caves. One species, P. tridus , was conrmed within three caves in the Guilin region (two caves from this work, plus the type locality); the maximum distance between caves for this species was 59.7 km. ree additional subterranean-adapted species occurred in multiple caves with maxi mum distances ranging from 81.27 and 137.6 km (Table 3). As many troglomorphic arthropods are identied as short-range endemic species, occurring in a single cave or geological formation (Reddell 1994, Culver et al. 2000, Christman et al. 2005, Deharveng et al. 2008, Tian 2011, Harvey and Wynne 2014, Gao et al. 2018, Nitzu et al. 2018) and that rivers and valleys/ lowland areas often result in vicariance (Barr 1985, Faille et al. 2015, Katz et al. 2018), the genetic relatedness of at least these three species should be further examined using genetic techniques. While these species may be morphological similar, we suggest they may be genetically distinct â€“ potentially representing dierent subspecies or lineages. We also reported a possible â€˜disturbance relictâ€™, H. rukouqu sp. nov., discovered within a cave entrance vegetation community. As similar cave entrance vegetation
87 communities have been identied as either supporting distinct relict plant communi ties and/or plant species in southern China (Monro et al. 2018), Easter Island, Chile (Wynne et al. 2014), and west-central New Mexico, USA (Lindsey 1951, Northup and Welbourn 1997, Wynne 2013), their importance in supporting cave-restricted arthro pod populations demonstrated (Northup and Welbourn 1997, Wynne 2013, Wynne et al. 2014, Wynne and Shear 2016), and widespread land cover conversion of both lowlands and uplands has occurred in China since 1958, this nding warrants both additional research into this species distribution, as well as a larger scale examination of other potential â€˜disturbance relictâ€™ arthropod species within cave entrance vegetation communities of the SCK. Although caves are often considered distinct from the surface environment, cave ecosystems are inextricably linked to surface processes. Caves require an allochthonous energy supply, which may include ood detritus, guano deposition from bats, birds and crickets, and dissolved organic materials that percolate from the surface. us, when humans adversely change the surface environment, the cave ecosystem may change as well. Deforestation (Trajano 2000, Ferreira and Horta 2001, Clements et al. 2006, Stone and Howarth 2007), intensive agriculture and water diversion (van Beynen and Townsend 2005, Stone and Howarth 2007, Harley et al. 2011), livestock grazing (Stone and Howarth 2007), alien species introductions (Elliott 1992, Reeves 1999, Taylor et al. 2003, Howarth et al. 2007, Price 2016), heavy metals and agrochemicals (Whitten 2009), and global climate change (Chevaldonn and Lejeune 2003, Mam mola et al. 2018) have negatively aected both cave organisms and ecological processes. Despite the impressive biological diversity found in China, there are no govern ment regulations, nor is any government agency responsible for managing and protect ing cave resources. Development projects typically progress in caverniferous regions and tourist caves are developed without consideration for subterranean resources and the rich biodiversity they often support (Whitten 2009). While we recognize environ mental conditions are improving and environmental regulations have strengthened in China, Whitten (2009) and Cao et al. (2007) identied most of the aforementioned impacts continue to expand and severely stress both epigean and hypogean ecosystems in southern extent of the country. us, we recommend monitoring environmental conditions of the surface and subsurface of caves identied as supporting rare endemic species populations and/or sensitive ecosystems. is paper revealed that at least 38 troglomorphic millipede species occur in Guangxi. Other examples of SCKâ€™s high cave diversity includes at least 19 species of troglomorphic pseudoscorpions (Gao et al. 2018), 29 vascular plant species believed restricted to cave entrances (Monro et al. 2018), and the richest globally diversity of caveshes with at least 154 species and nearly half of these species considered single cave endemics (Zhao et al. in press). As this work continues, we anticipate the number of subterranean-adapted millipedes, as well as other arthropod species will increase. rough ours and other eorts, we believe the SCK will ultimately emerge as a global hotspot for cave biological diversity.
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