Neopilio inferi
Neopilio inferi Lotz-2011
Neopilio inferi Lotz, 2011 (from original description)











Neopilio inferi Lotz, 2011 is a member of the genus Neopilio (Eupnoi:Neopilionidae).


N.i. Lotz, 2011:5[1]


  • N.i. male(1) (holotype) Agricultural Research Council – Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria; #2002/207[1]
  • N.i. juvenile(1) (not designated) Agricultural Research Council – Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria; #94/243[1]


(from [1])

Differing from Neopilio australis Lawrence, 1931 in the structure of the penis tip (Fig. 15) and the structure of the movable finger of the chelicerae.


(from [1])

Male: body length 3.2 mm, maximum width 2.1 mm in the area between cephalothorax and abdomen. Dorsal (Fig. 9) and ventral with mottled brown pattern, though ventral more white than dorsal. Legs, chelicerae (Figs 10-11) and palps (Figs 12-13) with brown banding. Anterior margin of cephalothorax smooth, eyemound low, rounded and smooth with only a few spicules above. Abdominal tergites with a few minute setae, otherwise smooth. Coxae and genital operculum with setae. Chelicerae (Figs 10-11) small, smooth, second segment with a few setae mostly anterior; small teeth on fingers, one row on immovable finger and two rows on movable finger; the groove between two rows of teeth on movable finger not as noticeable as depicted for N. australis by Kauri (1961, 82B-C). Pedipalps (Figs 12-13) with numerous setae; claw at end of tarsi relatively prominent compared to that of N. australis and not bent back, without teeth; femur 1.1 mm, patella 0.9 mm, tibia 0.8 mm, tarsus 0.9 mm; Patella/Tibia ratio = 1.13, Patella/Tarsus ratio = 1.00. Legs unarmed, femora and tibia with short setose spines, metatarsi and tarsi with a few minute setae; tarsal formula 34:65:34:44; femur I 2.3 mm, II 4.3 mm, III 2.2 mm, IV 3.3 mm; tibia I 2.3 mm, II 4.3 mm, III 2.1 mm, IV 2.9 mm. Penis (Figs 14-15) unsclerotized; shaft broad at base with a deep notch, lengthening to apex, a slight narrowing neck near apex, notched at apex beneath glans bend; glans short and bent, stylus not coiled; no bristles or barbs at shaft-glans junction.


  • Female unknown[1]
  • Location: western Cape Province, South Africa[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Lotz, L.N. (2011) Three new harvestmen species from southern Africa (Arachnida: Opiliones: Caddidae, Neopilionidae, Assamiidae). Journal of Afrotropical Zoology, 7: 3–8.

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