Melanopa diluta











Melanopa diluta Roewer, 1929 belongs to the genus Melanopa (Eupnoi: Sclerosomatidae).



diluta = weakened, lessened. ?Reason


Holotype is in the Zoological Survey of India (Indian Museum), Calcutta; #1080/18[1]


Length of body of male 6, of female 7, 1st to 4th femora 6, 10, 7, 8, 1st to 4th legs 28, 50, 27, 39 mm.

Surface of carapace, scutum and free tergites and sternites of abdomen densely granulated; scutum with two median spines of equal length, one on the 1st and the other on the 2nd area; ocular tubercle unarmed and smooth; surface of 1st to 4th coxae very coarsely granulated, edge of small humps of marginal rows straightly blunted. First article of chelicerae dorsally with a dense group of granules. Palps: femur dorsally and ventrally, also patella dorsally and tibia ventrally and medially covered with small teeth; patella without an apophysis at the medial corner; tibia 21 times longer than wide; tarsus in the male with a ventral longitudinal row of very small granules. Legs : 1st to 4th femora covered with small teeth; number of the noduli on 1st to 4th femora 0-1-0-0.

Colour of the whole body dorsally and ventrally, of the four coxae, ocular tubercle, and the two spines of the scutum, blackish-brown; carapace on each side of the ocular tubercle and scutum on each side of the two spines mottled with lighter yellowish spots; chelicerae and palps uniformly ferruginous; legs ferruginous, but 1st to 4th trochanters and the basal ends of the 1st to 4th femora distinctly black.


  • Location: Myanmar[2]


Roewer, 1929b[1] Zhang & Zhang, 2013b[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Roewer, C.F. (1929b) On a collection of Indian Palpatores (Phalangiidae) with a revision of the continental genera and species of the sub-family Gagrellinae Thorell. Records of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, 31(2), 107–159.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zhang, C. & Zhang, F. (2013b) Notes on some species of the genus Melanopa (Opiliones: Sclerosomatidae: Gagrellinae) from China, with description of a new species. Journal of Arachnology, 41(3), 306–318.

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