Synthetonychia proxima
Synthetonychia proxoma Forster-1954
Synthetonychia proxima Forster, 1954 (from original description)









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



  • S.p. male(1) (holotype): Dominion Museum, Wellington; #2/884[1]


(from Forster, 1954[1])

  • Color: Reddish-brown
  • Body: Carapace finely and closely granulate, tergal region with pattern formed by lines of granules. The eyes are separated fron the anterior margin of the carapace by a distance equal to ¼ of the length of the scute,separated from each other by a distance equal to 3x their diameter. The shape of the genital operculum is shown in Fig. 737, 2x as long as wide at the base.
  • Genitalia: Aedeagus long, slender, tubular, with a short ventral spine at about ¾ of its length. There are two long and slender setae on each lateral margin at the base, the dorsal seta being longer (Fig. 736). There are 3 smaller setae on the ventral surface.
  • Chelicerae: Typical.
  • Pedipalls: (Fig 734). There are strong protruberances on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the trochanter as shown in Fig. 735, and on the proximo-dorsal and sub-proximo-ventral surfaces of the femur. Patella with a conical mound on the ventral surface. The disto-dorsal process of the tibia is digitiform, blunt apically. The tarsus is slender and straight. Tarsal spine short, less than ½ the length of the tarsal claw.
  • Legs: Smooth apart from a few low tubercles on the femora. Tarsal formula Tarsal claws 3 and 4 as shown in Fig. 738, lateral branches relatively small, arolium extending beyond the median branch.
  • Measurements (mm): Scute: 0.96x0.84; Legs: 2.26, 3.03, 2.57, 3.21; Pedipalp: 1.95; Chelicera: 0.61


  • female unknown[1]
  • Location: Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand (South Island)[1]


  • Forster, 1954:280[1]
  • World Checklist[2]

Additional images - GalleryEdit


  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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