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Title: The centipedes of the Maltese Archipelago (Chilopoda)
Authors: Zapparoli, Marzio
Minelli, Alessandro
Schembri, Patrick J.
Keywords: Centipedes -- Malta
Introduced organisms -- Malta
Biogeography -- Malta
Biodiversity -- Malta
Species diversity -- Malta
Scutigerida -- Malta
Lithobiida -- Malta
Scolopendrida -- Malta
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de la Ville de Geneve
Citation: Zapparoli, M., Minelli, A., & Schembri, P. J. (2004). The centipedes of the Maltese Archipelago (Chilopoda). Revue Suisse de Zoologie, 111(2), 433-456.
Abstract: The chilopod fauna of the Maltese Islands (Malta, Gozo, Comino) was studied from a faunistic and zoogeographic point of view. A list of the species found on these islands is given, based on recent faunistic investigations as well as on a critical assessment of the few records available in the literature. Twenty one species are recorded to occur on the islands: I Scutigeromorpha, 7 Lithobiomorpha, 3 Scolopendromorpha, and 10 Geophilomorpha. Twenty species are confirmed to occur on the island of Malta, lion Gozo and three on Comino. The Maltese chilopod fauna mostly consists of species that are widespread in the Mediterranean islands, particularly those of the western Mediterranean. As shown in other studies on the chilopod faunas of other Mediterranean micro-insular systems, that of the Maltese Islands is mainly influenced by ecological factors rather than by paleogeographic and paleoclimatic ones. Zoogeographically the Maltese chilopod fauna is mainly Mediterranean in character, with a very limited representation of Holarctic (22%) and European (11%) species.
ISSN: 0035418X
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