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Synthetonychia fiordensis

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Synthetonychia fiordensis
Synthetonychia fiordensis Forster-1954
Synthetonychia fiordensis Forster, 1954 (from original description)









Synthetonychia fiordensis Forster, 1954 belongs to the genus Synthetonychia (Laniatores:Synthetonychiidae).



  • S.f. male(1) (holotype): Canterbury Museum, Christchurch; #891[1]
  • S.f. male(1) (paratype): Canterbury Museum, Christchurch; #892[1]
  • S.f. male(1) (paratype): Dominion Museum, Wellington; #2/901[1]


(from Forster, 1954[1])

  • Color: Yellowish-brown, shaded with black. Chelicerae and pedipalps with black reticulate markings.
  • Body: The scute and free tergites are finely granulate. There is a patterns of small pustules on the scute. The eyes are separated from the anterior margin of the carapace by a distance equal to 4/11 of the length of the scute, separated from each other by a distance equal to 2x their width. The shape of the genital operculum is shown in Fig. 728, longer than it is wide in the ratio of 5:3, anterior margin indented but without lateral lobes.
  • Genitalia: As shown in Fig. 727. Aedeagus stout. Ventral plate armed on each side with 5 setae of which the more lateral seta is the smaller.
  • Chelicerae: Typical.
  • Pedipalls: (Fig 726). The dorsal surface of the trochanter with a small distal process. The tarsus is stout and strongly curved, tarsal spine stout,equal to ½ of the length of the tarsal claw.
  • Legs: Tarsal formula Tarsal claws as shown in Fig. 729. The arolium does not extend beyond the median branch.
  • Measurements (mm): Scute: 1.28x1.08; Legs: 2.56, 3.64, 3.09, 4.04; Pedipalp: 2.23; Chelicera: 0.80


  • female unknown[1]
  • Location: Caswell Sound (Fiordland National Park), New Zealand (South Island)[1]


  • Forster, 1954:278[1]
  • World Checklist[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Forster, R.R. (1954) The New Zealand harvestmen (sub-order Laniatores). Canterbury Museum bulletin, Christchurch, 2, 1–329.
  2. Kury AB, Mendes AC & Souza DR (2014) World Checklist of Opiliones species (Arachnida). Part 1: Laniatores – Travunioidea and Triaenonychoidea. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e4094. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e4094

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