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Synthetonychiidae
Synthetonychia by Giribet - New Zealand
Synthetonychia sp. from New Zealand. Photo copyright © Gonzalo Giribet.

Suborder

Laniatores

Infraorder

Insidiatores

Superfamily

Triaenonychoidea


Synthetonychiidae Forster, 1954 is a family of Laniatores (Arachnida, Opiliones). It is endemic to  New Zealand and is composed by a single genus, Synthetonychia.

DiagnosisEdit

(from Forster 1954[1])

Eyemound absent but eyes not widely separated. Anterior margin of the carapace without spines or tubercles. Scute fused. Pedipalps elongage, slender, not armed with tubercles. Tarsal claws of legs 1 and 2, single, relatively long. Tarsal claws of legs 3 and 4 complex, with a prominent median plate and two or three main lateral branches and usually with a further pair of small accessory teeth.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Forster, R.R. (1954) The New Zealand harvestmen (sub-order Laniatores). Canterbury Museum bulletin, Christchurch, 2, 1–329.

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