Canadian Forest Service Publications

Myriapoda of Canada. 2019. Langor, D.W.; deWaard, J.R.; Snyder, B.A. In: Langor, D.W.; Sheffield, C.S. (Eds). The biota of Canada – A biodiversity assessment. Part 1: The terrestrial arthropods. ZooKeys 819:169–186.

Year: 2019

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39746

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

Available from the Journal's Web site.
DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.819.29447

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The currently documented fauna of described species of myriapods in Canada includes 54 Chilopoda, 66 Diplopoda, 23 Pauropoda, and two Symphyla, representing increases of 24, 23, 23, and one species, respectively, since 1979. Of the 145 myriapod species currently documented, 40 species are not native to Canada. The myriapods have not been well documented with DNA barcodes and no barcodes are available for Pauropoda. It is conservatively estimated that at least 93 additional myriapods species will be discovered in Canada: Chilopoda (40), Diplopoda (29), Pauropoda (17), and Symphyla (seven). In general, there is a serious dearth of knowledge about myriapods in Canada, and systematics research and surveys continue to be needed to help document the diversity and distribution of these groups in the country.