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Mitopus
Mitopus morio (Fabricius, 1779) by Silhavy 1956a
Mitopus morio (Fabricius, 1779) by Silhavy (1956a)

Suborder

Eupnoi

Superfamily

Phalangioidea

Family

Phalangiidae

Subfamily

Oligolophinae

Mitopus Thorell, 1876 is a genus of Holarctic Eupnoi with 9 valid species and subspecies plus 2 nomina dubia. Its type species is one of the most widespread harvestmen, showing large degree of variation, so it has an immense synonymy.

Type speciesEdit

Phalangium morio Fabricius, 1779.

EtymologyEdit

Mitopus from Greek μίτος (thread) + πους (foot). Gender masculine.

PlacementEdit

Mitopus originally in Phalangiidae without subfamily.


SpeciesEdit

Mitopus dorsalis Banks, 1900 - USA, Alaska
Mitopus ericaeus Jennings, 1982 - England
Mitopus glacialis (Heer, 1845) - Italy and Switzerland
Mitopus koreanus (Roewer, 1957) - South Korea
Mitopus mongolicus mongolicus Roewer, 1912 - Mongolia, Russia
Mitopus mongolicus tschosenensis Kharitonov, 1957 - North Korea
Mitopus morio (Fabricius, 1779) - “Holarctic: eastern North America, across northern Eurasia including northern and southern Russian Far East, Kamchatka, Hokkaido (and some mountains of Honshu), throughout Kuril Islands, Sakhalin, Moneron.” [1]
Mitopus obliquus (C.L. Koch, 1839) - Greece
Mitopus projectus (Goodnight & Goodnight, 1942) - USA, Oregon

Nomina dubiaEdit

Mitopus bidentatus (Morin, 1934) - Ukraine
Mitopus mobilis Karsch, 1881 - Japan


Relevant referencesEdit

  1. Crawford, R.L. & Marusik, Y.M. (2007) Harvestmen (Arachnida: Phalangida or Opiliones) of Moneron Island. In: Bogatov, V.V., Barkalov, V.Yu, Lelei, A.S., Makarchenko, E.A. & Storozhenko, S.Yu. (Eds.), Flora and fauna of Moneron Island (Materials of International Sakhalin Island Project). Dalnauka; Vladivostok, pp. 196–201.

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