Californiphilus Verhoeff, 1938


Californiphilus Verhoeff, 1938

Original description: Verhoeff K.W. (1938). Chilopoden-Studien zur Kenntnis der Epimorphen - Zoologische Jahrbücher, Abteilung für Systematik, 71: 339-388, see p. 370.

Order: Geophilomorpha

Family: Himantariidae

Original rank: genus

Type species: Californiphilus michelbacheri Verhoeff K. W., 1938 - by monotypy

Last taxonomic scrutiny: Crabill R.E. jr. (1953). A new himantariid from the Eastern United States (Chilopoda: Geophilomorpha: Himantariidae) - Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society, 48: 85-88, see p. 88.

Valid Species:

Notes: Crabill 1953 - Bulletin of the Brooklyn entomological Society 48(4): 88: "I am relatively certain that Verhoeff's Californiphilus, described from California, is actually referable to Chamberlin's Gosiphilus." Californiphilus was also listed as potential synonym of Gosiphilus by Crabill 1959 - Entomological News 70: 155. The synonymy, however, was not formalized. Matters deserve further scrutiny, because Gosiphilus Chamberlin, 1912 is currently regarded as a junior synonym of Chomatobius Hu8mbert & Saussure, 1870. Synonymy of Californiphilus under Chomatobius would cause secondary honynymy of the species known as Californiphilus mexicanus (Attems, 1947) with Chomatobius mexicanus (Saussure, 1858).