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









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



  • S.f. male(1) (holotype): Dominion Museum, Wellington; #2/886[1]
  • S.f. female(1) (paratype): Dominion Museum, Wellington; #2/887[1]


(from Forster, 1954[1])

  • Color: Reddish-brown.
  • Body: The eyes are placed in the centre of the carapace and are separated from each other by a distance equal to 1½x their diameter. The carapace is finely granulate, tergal region with normal granular pattern. The genital operculum is as shown in Fig. 769, sub-triangular longer than wide in the rato of 4:3.
  • Genitalia: As shown in Fig. 768. Similar in structure to acuta but aedeagus shorter and lacking the sub-apical lateral spines, setae with a somewhat different disposition. Dorsal and ventral plates well developed.
  • Chelicerae: Typical.
  • Pedipalls: (Fig 766). Tibial process absent, tarsus stouter than acuta, tarsal spine slender equal to ½ of the length of the tarsal claw.
  • Legs: As in acuta. Tarsal formula Tarsal claws as shown in Fig. 770, the arolium does not extend beyond the median branch.
  • Measurements (mm): Scute: 1.24x0.90; Legs: 2.45, 3.19, 2.85, 3.50; Pedipalp: 1.74; Chelicera: 0.58
  • Female: Similar to male in structure. The genital operculum is wider than it is long. The pedipalp is shown in Fig. 767; the tarsus is slender and straight, without a spine.
  • Measurements (mm): Scute: 1.24x0.90; Legs: 2.23, 2.89, 2.36, 3.10; Pedipalp: 1.77; Chelicera: 0.62


  • Location: Mount Arthur Tableland, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand (South Island)[1]


  • Forster, 1954:289[1]
  • World Checklist[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 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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