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Description of new Heteropachylinae Kury, 1994 species and discussion about their filogenetic position (Opiliones: Laniatores: Gonyleptidae)

Grant number: 15/10415-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2015
Effective date (End): June 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Pinto da Rocha
Grantee:Caio Gueratto Coelho da Silva
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The order Opiliones is the third most numerous class within Arachnida, posessing more than 6500 described species and it is highly endemic from the Atlantic rainforest. More specifically, in the south region of Bahia state, in the Atlantic rainsforest, there are, at least, 13 endemic species of this order (Souza, 2013). Within the family Gonyleptidae (Laniatores), there is a subfamily named Heteropachylinae, which has 11 described species in three genera (one of them is monotipic). This clade has been studied recently by Mendes (2011), in which the subfamily, genera and species monophyly are supported by a huge number of morphological characters. However, analysing individuals of the subfamily collected in the south region of Bahia, it is known that there are, at least, two more species to be described: one from the monotipic generum Magnispina, and other from Heteropachylus. Therefore, this project intends to describe these Heteropachylinae new species and analyse their phylogenetic position inside the group, based mostly in the characters suggested by Mendes (2011).

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GUERATTO, CAIO; MENDES, AMANDA CRUZ; PINTO-DA-ROCHA, RICARDO. Description of two new species of Magnispina and a new hypothesis of phylogenetic relationships for Heteropachylinae (Opiliones: Laniatores: Gonyleptidae). Zootaxa, v. 4300, n. 2, p. 180-194, . (13/50297-0, 15/10415-9)

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