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Taracus
Taracus Grant Co cropped
Taracus sp., USA, Oregon. From flickr [1]. Copyright © Steve Lew.

Suborder

Dyspnoi

Superfamily

Ischyropsalidoidea

Family

Taracidae

Taracus Simon, 1879 is a Holarctic genus of Dyspnoi with a shifting history in taxonomic position. It includes 7 species from USA and 1 from Russia.


SynonymyEdit

Taracus Simon 1879c: 74.

Type speciesEdit

Taracus packardi Simon, 1879, by monotypy.

Species listEdit

EtymologyEdit

Although Simon has not originally given any explanation about the origin of this name, Gruber (2003) discovered that Taracus is a Hellenized form of the name Taharqa, an Egyptian king of the 25th dynasty. Gender masculine.

PlacementEdit

Taracus originally in Ischyropsalididae. In Nemastomatidae Ischyropsalinae by Banks (1894d). Transferred to Sabaconidae by Shear (1986). Schönhofer[1] transferred the genus to a new family, Taracidae.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Schönhofer A.L. (2013) A taxonomic catalogue of the Dyspnoi Hansen and Sørensen, 1904 (Arachnida: Opiliones). Zootaxa, 3679(1), 1–68.

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