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An overview of Neogovea species (Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi: Neogoveidae) with the description of Neogovea virginie n. sp. from French Guiana

BINCO vzw, Rijmenamsesteenweg 189, Haacht, Belgium Laboratory of general Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Yuri Gagarin Street 2, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Opiliones Guiana inselberg Neogovea identification key check list


Cyphophthalmi is a group of small to medium sized opilionids with a circumglobal distribution that have often been overlooked in biodiversity surveys due to their small size, cryptic life style and general resemblance to mites. We present an overview of the described species in the genus Neogovea (Neogoveidae), an identification key to the species and the description of a new species based on the material from a biodiversity survey of an inselberg in French Guyana. Neogovea virginie n. sp. is morphologically most similar to N. immsi Hinton occurring in Brazil, but differentiated by the structure of the “crown” of the spermatopositor.


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