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Biantidae
Biantidae by WJ
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Suborder

Laniatores

Infraorder

Grassatores

Superfamily

Samooidea


Biantidae Thorell, 1889 is a family of the harvestman infraorder Grassatores with about 130 described species.

DescriptionEdit

Biantidae are between 1.5 and 5.5 millimeters long, with legs ranging from three to 25 mm and enlarged, armed pedipalps. Many species are mahogany, many others yellow with dark mottling.

DistributionEdit

Biantidae have radiated greatly on the Indian subcontinent and Madagascar (which was once connected to India), with many other species from mainland Africa. One subfamily however, the Stenostygninae, is found on the West Indies, with one described species from mainland northern South America.

RelationshipsEdit

Biantidae are included in the superfamily Samooidea, which mainly radiated in South America.

Genera[1]Edit

Biantinae

Lacurbsinae

Stenostyginae

Zairebiantinae

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kury, AB, Souza, DR & Pérez-González, A (2015) World Checklist of Opiliones species (Arachnida). Part 2: Laniatores – Samooidea, Zalmoxoidea and Grassatores incertae sedis. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3, DOI 10.3897/BDJ.3.e6482.

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