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Ballarra
Ballarra drosera Hunt & Cokendolpher, 1991, male paratype, dorsal
Ballarra drosera Hunt & Cokendolpher, 1991, male paratype from Australia, habitus ,dorsal view, from original description.

Suborder

Eupnoi

Superfamily

Phalangioidea

Family

Neopilionidae

Subfamily

Ballarrinae


Ballarra Hunt & Cokendolpher, 1991 is a genus of the family Neopilionidae, type of the subfamily Ballarrinae. It contains 6 species from Australia.

TaxonomyEdit

Ballarra Hunt & Cokendolpher 1991[1]: 143; Crawford 1992: 13 [type species: Ballarra drosera Hunt & Cokendolpher 1991, by original designation].

EtymologyEdit

Aboriginal ballarra (spear barbs). Gender feminine.

PlacementEdit

Originally in Ballarrinae.

Original diagnosisEdit

Dorsum lacks prominent heavily pigmented mesial stripe; pedipalp tarsus concave dorsad and subequal to or shorter than patella, plumes usually restricted to brush at setal tip; stylus usually sub-equal to or longer than glans, barbed process much shorter than glans.

Original descriptionEdit

Body usually small and soft, unarmed except for scattered small setae; eyemound rounded, unarmed, interocular groove usually shallow or only present posteriorly; dorsum often with mesial silvery patches which may coalesce into an irregular stripe; spiracle with either flattened spines or spines essentially round in cross-section, spines on anterior wall generally more strongly developed, spines virtually lacking in B. alpina; chelicerae in both sexes of similar size except for B. molaris where greatly enlarged in males; patella subequal to or longer than tarsus, tarsus


Included speciesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hunt, G.S. & Cokendolpher, J.C. (1991) Ballarrinae, a new subfamily of harvestmen from the Southern Hemisphere (Arachnida, Opiliones, Neopilionidae). Records of the Australian Museum, 43(2), 131–169.

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