Ibérica de Aracnología
Vol. esp. 1
Iber. Aracnol., vol. esp. 1
Annotated catalogue of the Laniatores of the New World
Adriano B. Kury
pp., en el formato folio. Idioma: inglés. Resúmenes en inglés
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The book reviews all the systematic
literature dealing with the suborder Laniatores in the Americas
up to December 31st 2002 (some 800 references).
Nearly 2400 species, belonging to 750 genera and 21 families,
are listed for the New World. Synonymies, reinstatements,
replacement names and emended spellings are proposed where
necessary. The work includes a special section with a list
of the proposed nomenclatural acts, which include, among
many others of a lower rank, proposals for a new family
and subfamily. There is a list of species recorded from
each country and maritime territory.
En este trabajo se revisa toda la literatura
sistemática relativa al suborden Laniatores del continente
americano hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2002 (unas 800 referencias).
Casi 2400 especies, pertenecientes a 750 géneros y 21 familias
son listados para el Nuevo Mundo. Numerosas sinonimias,
revalidaciones, reemplazo de nombres y otras enmiendas nomenclaturales
son incluidas en el texto. El trabajo incluye un apartado
especial donde son listados los actos nomenclaturales propuestos,
que incluyen, entre muchos otros de menor rango, una propuesta
de nueva familia y subfamilia. Para cada país y departamento
marítimo se presenta un listado de especies citadas.
Summary of catalogues and checklists for Opiliones: 6
Composition of the New World fauna of Laniatores: 6
Structure of the catalogue: 7
Phylogeny and classification of Laniatores: 12
I. TAXONOMIC LIST: 15
Suborder Laniatores Thorell, 18761: 15
* Infraorder Insidiatores Loman, 1902: 15
* Infraorder Grassatores Kury, 2002: 23
II. LIST OF NOMENCLATURAL ACTS: 254
III. LIST OF SPECIES
BY LOCALITY: 265
IV. REFERENCES: 300
1.Suborder to genus: 319
2. Specific and subspecific: 325
Quite a number of years ago, Adriano informed me of his preparation of
a catalogue to the Laniatores of South America.
At that point, I suggested that he should consider
including species from all of the Americas before publishing
his work. Fortunately, for all of us, he did just that. However, his catalogue is much more than just
a listing of names, dates, and places.
It includes countless annotations and a very useful
checklist by countries and states, including the maritime
territories. His efforts to organize, revise, and bring
together all of these records in one place should stimulate
research on these animals for many years.
talents have resulted in an excellent treatment of the vast
amount of literature on New World Laniatores, most of which
is not in English. Especially important are his efforts with the
175 papers written in Portuguese, his native tongue. This is most notable in his comments regarding
nomenclatorial acts that are concealed amidst the text by
Brazilian authors and Mello-Leitão publishing some of his
Laniatores from the Americas
comprise roughly 40% of all the described members of the
order. Up to this point, our acquisition of knowledge
on this group has been greatly hampered by the very confusing
and outdated surveys on the order.
Besides the reviews of the harvestmen of the World
by Roewer (1923) and those from Brazil and Argentina by
Mello-Leitão (1932) and Ringuelet (1959), there are relatively
few comprehensive regional compilations. Since these publications, the number and organization of the higher-level
groupings in the Laniatores have changed greatly. These changes have occurred in numerous publications from around
the World, making it very difficult for researchers to stay
updated. Up to today, it has often been a difficult
task just to discover to which family a common species might
This book reviews all
the systematic and distributional literature on Laniatores
from the New World (about 800 publications).
Nearly 2,400 species, belonging to 750 genera and
21 families, are recognized from this region.
New and rejected synonymies, new replacement names,
and emended spellings are proposed where necessary. Among the numerous proposed nomenclatural acts
of lower rank, there is also establishment of a new family
Overall, this is a wonderful
volume, which should become a standard reference for anyone
(not just those in the New World) working on Laniatores.
Because so many of the collection localities are
the same as many of the non-Laniatores harvestmen (and arachnids
in general) from the Americas, the remarks and corrections
about localities and spellings will be useful for many arachnologists.
James C. Cokendolpher