Two new species of Manaosbiidae (Opiliones: Laniatores) from Panama, with comments on interspecific variation in penis morphology

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:V. R. Townsend, Milne, M. A., Proud, D. N.
Journal:Journal of Arachnology
Keywords:Central America, morphology, Neotropics, taxonomy

In Central America, the family Manaosbiidae is recorded only from Panama and Costa Rica. Four species occur in this region: Barrona williamsi Goodnight & Goodnight 1942, Bugabitia triacantha Roewer 1915, Poassa limbata Roewer 1943, and Zygopachylus albomarginis Chamberlin 1925. In this paper, we describe Barrona felgenhaueri new species (Coclé Province, Panama) and Bugabitia akini new species (Coclé Province, Panama) and report a new record for B. williamsi (Coclé Province, Panama). We used SEM to examine the penis morphology of Barrona Goodnight & Goodnight 1942 and the Caribbean species Cranellus montgomeryi Goodnight & Goodnight 1947 and Rhopalocranaus albilineatus Roewer 1932. We compared genital morphology of these species with published descriptions for Manaosbiidae from South America. With respect to genital morphology, we found that the most variable characters were the number and relative sizes of the setae that occur on the lateral margins of the ventral plate. Other features that exhibited interspecific variation included the shape of the ventral plate, the shape of the distal border of the ventral plate, and the shape and armature of the apex of the stylus.

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