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New records for millipedes from southern Chile (Polydesmida: Dalodesmidae; Polyzoniida: Siphonotidae)
expand article info Robert Evan Mesibov
‡ No affiliation for this profile, West Ulverstone, Tasmania,, Australia
Open Access



Millipedes from 1983 collections by the author in southern Chile have been identified and registered as specimen lots at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) in Launceston, Tasmania.

New information

Collection and specimen data from the new QVMAG specimen lots have been archived in Darwin Core format together with a KML file of occurrences. The 31 occurrence records in the Darwin Core Archive list 13 millipede taxa from 16 sites in Llanquihue and Osorno provinces, Chile.


Polydesmida; Dalodesmidae; Polyzoniida; Siphonotidae


The millipede fauna of southern South America is poorly known Golovatch 2014, and many named species are known only from their type localities. While working as a forester in 1983 I had the opportunity to visit native forests in southern Chile and to opportunistically sample myriapods. Centipedes in the samples were later deposited in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in Hobart, Tasmania, and millipedes in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) in Launceston, Tasmania. I recently re-examined the QVMAG samples and was able to identify most of the millipedes to species, and to register them as QVMAG specimen lots. Collection and specimen data for these registered lots have now been archived and are publicly available through Zenodo.

General description


The occurrence data are being made available to assist future studies of the millipede fauna of southern South America. The specimen lots are available for loan from QVMAG.

Sampling methods

Sampling description: 

Millipedes were opportunistically hand-collected by the author during visits to forests in Chile's Llanquihue and Osorno provinces in 1983. Most were found in or under rotting logs. Millipedes were placed in ca 75% methylated spirits in Chile and transferred to 75-80% ethanol at QVMAG. Using my 1983 field notes, Google Maps, Google Earth and online maps of southern Chile, I georeferenced the collecting localities in 2017 to a spatial uncertainty of ±1000 m or less in most cases.

Geographic coverage


Llanquihue and Osorno provinces in southern Chile


-42.960 and -40.160 Latitude; -74.089 and -72.167 Longitude.

Taxonomic coverage

Taxa included:
Rank Scientific Name
family Dalodesmidae Cook, 1896
family Siphonotidae Cook, 1895

Temporal coverage

Data range: 
1983-4-19 - 1983-6-15.

Usage rights

Use license: 
IP rights notes: 

By agreement with QVMAG, the data in the Darwin Core Archive are made available on a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence (

Data resources

Data package title:
Alternative identifiers: 
Number of data sets: 
Data set name: 
Specimen data for millipedes collected in 1983 in Chile by Robert Mesibov, and held in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia (Polydesmida: Dalodesmidae; Polyzoniida: Siphonotidae)
Character set: 
Data format: 
Darwin Core Archive

Archive containing the four Darwin Core files citations.txt, occurrence.txt, rights.txt and meta.xml, and a KML file organised by taxon, with QVMAG registration number and spatial uncertainty as additional information (in pop-up balloon). The file occurrence.txt contains all occurrence and collecting event data.

Column label Column description
occurrenceID An identifier for the Occurrence
institutionCode The acronym in use by the institution having custody of the objects referred to in the record
collectionCode The name identifying the collection from which the record was derived
catalogNumber A unique identifier for the record within the collection
basisOfRecord The specific nature of the data record
individualCount The total number of specimens in the registered specimen lot
sex Number of males and/or females
lifeStage Number of adults and/or juveniles
preparations Preservation method for the specimens
recordedBy Full name of the collector
kingdom Taxonomic kingdom of the taxon
phylum Taxonomic phylum of the taxon
class Taxonomic class of the taxon
order Taxonomic order of the taxon
family Taxonomic family of the taxon
genus Taxonomic genus of the taxon, if known
specificEpithet Taxonomic species name of the taxon, if known
scientificNameAuthorship Author and year of the taxon
taxonRank Taxonomic rank of the taxon
scientificName Full scientific name of the taxon; genus+species+author, year if known
identifiedBy Full name of the taxon identifier
dateIdentified Date in YYYY-MM-DD format when the taxon was identified
identificationRemarks Notes (in selected cases) on the identification
locality Location of the collection site in words
decimalLatitude Latitude of the collection site in decimal degrees to four decimal places
decimalLongitude Longitude of the collection site in decimal degrees to four decimal places
geodeticDatum The datum used for decimalLatitude and decimalLongitude
coordinateUncertaintyInMeters The horizontal distance (in meters) from the given decimalLatitude and decimalLongitude describing the smallest circle containing the whole of the location
eventDate Collection date in YYYY-MM-DD format
habitat Notes on the forest around the collection site
samplingProtocol The method used for collection in the field
continent The name of the continent in which the location occurs
country The name of the country in which the location occurs
countryCode The two-letter ISO abbreviation for the country
stateProvince The name of the province in which the location occurs
georeferencedBy The full name of the georeferencer
georeferencedDate The date in YYYY-MM-DD format on which the collection site was georeferenced
georeferenceSources The data sources used to georeference the collection site

Additional information

The 31 occurrence records in the Darwin Core Archive list 13 millipede taxa from 16 sites in southern Chile. Ten of the 13 taxa (24 samples) are named species of Dalodesmidae (Polydesmida), one sample contains a possibly new species in the genus Tsagonus Chamberlin, 1957 (Dalodesmidae) and two samples contain only unidentifiable female dalodesmids. The last taxon (six samples) is Siphonotidae (Polyzoniida).

The Dalodesmidae identified to species are: Abatodesmus velosoi Demange & Silva, 1971, Anaulacodesmus bifidus Golovatch, 2014, A. carinobtusus Silvestri, 1903, A. levissimus Attems, 1898, Pleonaraius pachyskeles Attems, 1898, Semnosoma eskovi Golovatch, 2014, Trienchodesmus gayanus (Gervais, 1847), Tsagonus muermo Chamberlin, 1957, T. nahuelbutae Chamberlin, 1957 and T. osorno Chamberlin, 1957. A male Tsagonus from forest at Lago San Antonio in the south of Chiloé island is close to T. silvestrii Demange & Silva, 1976 but may be a new species.

The Siphonotidae are tentatively referred to Burinia, following Golovatch 2014, who refers all indigenous Chilean Polyzoniida to that genus.