Huitaca Shear, 1979 is a genus in the family Neogoveidae.



(from Benavides & Giribet, 2013)

Large neogoveids with opisthosomal mid-dorsal longitudinal sulcus inconspicuous. Coxae of legs I free; coxae of legs II–IV fused, as in Brasilogovea, Neogovea, and Metagovea, but readily distinguishing Huitaca from Canga and Metasiro. Adenostyle lamelliform, as in Metagovea, located basally on the dorsal side of tarsus IV. Accessory organ with pores on the ventral side of tarsus IV often present, and not found in members of any other genus. Sternum absent, as in Metagovea and some Neogovea species; gonostome placed in anterior position in the sternal area not allowing coxae III to meet along the midline. Sternites 8 and 9 and tergite IX all fused into a corona analis, distinguishing Huitaca from Metasiro. Opisthosomal exocrine glands present, as in Brasilogovea and Metagovea, forming a conspicuous organ and often with modifications on several other opisthosomal sternites, unlike any other neogoveid. Spermatopositor with multiple groups of lateral microtrichiae and may have fimbriate structures around gonopore; lacking a cuticularized crownlike structure typical of Neogovea.


  • Location: Colombia



  1. Benavides, L.R. & Giribet, G., 2013. A revision of selected clades of Neotropical mite-harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones, Cyphophthalmi, Neogoveidae) with the description of eight new species. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 160, pp.1-44.
  2. Shear, W.A. (1979a) Huitaca ventralis n. gen., n. sp., with a description of a gland complex new to cyphophthalmids (Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi). The Journal of Arachnology, 7(3), 237–242.

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