Opilio afghanum from Silhavy (1966) Opilioniden-Fauna Afghanistans
Dilophiocara afghanum (Roewer, 1960) from Silhavy (1966). Species endemic from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.





Opilio diversity

6 species

There is no such checklist published. The one presented here, with only 6 species, is part of the forthcoming Catalogue of the World Opiliones, by A.B. Kury.

There is no harvestmen species endemic from Afghanistan. All the 6 species recorded are shared with one or more of the following: China, India, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

“It is probable that some specimens, which Roewer (1960) had identified as O. parietinus from Afghanistan (there are no males) are O. afghanus instead.” (Šilhavý 1966b)[1].

Afghani species of OpilionesEdit



Egaenus kashmiricus Caporiacco, 1934[2]
Egaenus lindbergi (Roewer, 1960)[3]
Homolophus tibetanus (Roewer, 1911)[2]


Phalangium jakesi (Šilhavý, 1966)[1]
Rilaena hyrcana (Thorell, 1876)[4]


Dilophiocara afghanum (Roewer, 1960)[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Šilhavý, V. (1966b) Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Opilioniden-Fauna Afghanistans (Arachn.). Časopis Moravského Musea, Moravska Museum, Brno, 51, 251–258.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roewer, C.F. (1956b) Über Phalangiinae (Phalangiidae, Opiliones Palpatores). (Weitere Weberknechte XIX). Senckenbergiana Biologica, 37(3/4), 247–318, plates 36–43.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roewer, C.F. (1960) Solifugen und Opilioniden, Araneae, Orthognathae, Haplogynae und Entelegynae (Contribution a l’étude de la faune d'Afghanistan, 23). Göteborgs Kungliga Vetenskaps- och Vitterhets-Samhälles handlingar, Göteborg, (Ser. B, Matematiska och naturvetenskapliga skrifter) 8(7), 1–53.
  4. Šilhavý, V. (1968a) Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Fauna Afghanistans (Sammelergebnisse von O. Jakeš 1963–64, D. Povolný 1965, D. Povolný & Fr. Tenora 1966, J. Šimek 1965–66, D. Povolný, J. Geisler, Z. Šebek & Fr. Tenora 1967). Opilionidea (Nachtrag). Časopis Moravského Musea (Moravska Museum, Brno), 53, 313–319, 19 figs.

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