Statens Naturhistoriske Museum
Universitetsparken 15, 2100 København Ø, Museet - Bygn.11, Building: 2-4-401
Primary fields of researchTaxonomy of millipedes (Diplopoda)
Ongoing and planned research 2009
My research interest is focused on the systematics, phylogeny and biogeography of millipedes (Diplopoda), especially the superorder Juliformia
Taxonomy, phylogeny and faunistics:
- Revision of East African species of Pachybolini, a tribe of Afrotropical giant millipedes (fam. Pachybolidae).
- Revision of the Malagasy genera Spioromimus and Aphistogoniulus of fam. Pachybolidae (with T. Wesener, Chicago).
- A paper containing the description of a new species of the genus Taraccoblaniulus (fam. Blaniulidae) from Spain, as well as an analysis of its postembryonic development and life cycle (with A. Serra and H. Martínez, Barcelona).
- A new genus of Blaniulidae from Slovakia (with A. Mock, Košice).
- A new species, maybe even a new genus, of the family Nemasomatidae from the Canary Islands.
- Studies on the poorly known order Siphonophorida (with H. Read, London).
- Studies on the millipedes of Tunisia (with N. Akkari, Tunis).
- Revision of the tribe Schziphyllini (fam. Julidae).
- Molecular phylogeny of the family Julidae (with G. Petersen and O. Seberg).
- Through collaboration with Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, a program for the study of millipedes of Thailand has been initiated. Three papers have been published, and several others - dealing with the family Harpagophoridae - are under way (with P. Pimvichai and S. Panha, Bangkok).
- A distribution atlas of European millipedes, with R.D. Kime as principal author. The atlas is planned to appear in 3 volumes, of which the first will include the orders Polyxenida, Glomerida, Platydesmida, Siphonocryptida, Polyzoniida, Callipodida and Polydesmida. Volumes 2 and 3 will include the Julida and Chordeumatida, respectively.
Fauna Europaea is a pan-European project with the aim of providing a synonymic list of an estimated 120,000 multicellular, non-marine animal species in Europe, as well as information on their distribution on a country/regional basis. I am "group coordinator" for myriapods in the project, with a special responsibility for millipedes.
The information on millipedes, collated by R.D. Kime and myself (1542 species) has been published on the Fauna Europaea website (http://www.faunaeur.org/) and is currently being updated.
TeachingGeneral taxonomy and biogeography. Myriapods, harvestmen, mites.