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Icaleptidae
Icaleptes malkini2
Icaleptes malkini Kury & Perez, 2002 (from original description)

Suborder

Laniatores

Infraorder

Grassatores

Superfamily

Zalmoxoidea

Icaleptidae are a neotropical harvestman family of the Suborder Laniatores, in the superfamily Zalmoxoidea.

DescriptionEdit

The specimens of the family are characterized by genitalic features and by the ventral insertion of legs IV, which gives the animal a flea-like habitus. They generally have dark yellow background with varied darker mottling.

DistributionEdit

The family is endemic to the Neotropics. The two genera that compose the group can be found at northern Colombia and Ecuador.

TaxonomyEdit

There are currently 2 genera with 2 species. Since its description, few were added to the taxonomy of the family. The closest related families are Zalmoxidae and Fissiphalliidae.

Icaleptes malkini Kury & Perez, 2002 - Colombia, Departamento Cesar, southeastern slope of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, San Sebastian de Rábago

Zalmopsylla platnicki Kury & Perez, 2002  - Ecuador, Cotopaxi Province: NW of San Francisco de las Pampas at La Otonga

Additional images - GalleryEdit

Zalmopsylla platnicky Kury & Perez, 2002 (from original description)

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