SEM of male Homolophus nakhichevanicus, from Kurt (2014).

Belongs within: Phalangiidae.

Homolophus is a genus of phalangiid harvestmen found in the Palaearctic region, being most diverse in north-east Asia. They are relatively large harvestmen with a characteristic mound of clustered tubercles in front of the eyemound.

Characters (from Kurt 2014): Body relatively large (more than 5 mm long); crown-like mound containing numerous black-tipped tubercles present on cephalothorax anterior to ocularium; coxae I-IV smooth with only sparse setae; chelicerae usually normally structured with blackish brown zebra-like striped pattern, pedipalps short, robust, with femora, patellae and tibiae covered with numerous black-tipped tubercles (males with microtubercles on venter of tarsus); legs short or more commonly long. Penis without lateral incisions or similar structures in apical part of shaft; shaft often flattened dorso-ventrally, particularly in distal part; glans cuneiform, in profile mostly triangular with rounded “lower” corner; stylus relatively long.

<==Homolophus Banks 1893 S12 [incl. Euphalangium Roewer 1911 TTL00]
    |--*H. arcticus Banks 1893 TTL00 (see below for synonymy)
    |--H. afghanus (Roewer 1956) [=Euphalangium afghanum] MDP15
    |--H. albofasciatus (Kulczyński 1901) TTL00 (see below for synonymy)
    |--‘Euphalangium’ altaicum Roewer 1923 R23
    |--H. azerbaijanicus S12
    |--H. betpakdalensis (Gricenko 1976) TTL00
    |--H. chitralensis (Roewer 1956) [=Euphalangium chitralense] MDP15
    |--H. consputus (Simon 1895) S03
    |--‘Euphalangium’ coreanum R56
    |--H. funestus (Koch 1877) S12 [=Opilio funestus R23]
    |--H. gobiensis Tsurusaki, Tchemeris & Logunov 2000 S12
    |--H. hunan Zhu, Song & Kim 1999 TTL00
    |--H. iranus C84
    |--H. martensi (Staręga 1986) S03
    |--H. nakhichevanicus Snegovaya 2012 S12
    |--H. nepalicus (Roewer 1912) (see below for synonymy) S03
    |--H. nigridorsus (Caporriacco 1935) [=Opilio nigridorsus] S03
    |--H. nordenskioldi (Koch 1879) TTL00 [=Phalangium nordenskioeldi S03, *Euphalangium nordenskioldi TTL00]
    |    |--H. n. nordenskioldi R23
    |    `--‘Phalangium’ n. kolense (Strand 1906) [=Euphalangium n. kolense] R23
    |--H. pallens (Kulczyński 1901) [=Phalangium pallens, Opilio pallens] TTL00
    |--‘Phalangium’ personatum Koch 1879 [=Euphalangium personatum] R23
    |--H. potanini (Simon 1895) S03 (see below for synonymy)
    |--H. przewalskii (Staręga 1978) S12 (see below for synonymy)
    |--H. punctatus Banks 1894 R23
    |--H. rishiri Tsurusaki 1987 T87
    |--H. serrulatus (Karsch 1881) (see below for synonymy) S03
    |--H. suzukii (Šilhavý 1972) TTL00 [=Euphalangium suzukii S03, E. krausi Šilhavý ex Staręga 2003 (n. n.) S03]
    |--H. thienshanensis (Šilhavý 1967) TTL00 [=Euphalangium thienshanense S03]
    |--H. tibetanus (Roewer 1911) TTL00 [=Egaenus tibetanus S03; incl. Opilio insolitus Roewer 1956 S03]
    |--H. trinkleri (Roewer 1956) [=Euphalangium trinkleri] MDP15
    |--H. turcicus (Roewer 1959) S12 [=Euphalangium turcicum S03]
    `--H. vladimirae (Šilhavý 1967) S12 [=Euphalangium vladimirae S03]

Homolophus albofasciatus (Kulczyński 1901) TTL00 [=Phalangium nordenskioeldi var. albofasciata K01, Euphalangium nordenskioldi var. albofasciatum R23]

*Homolophus arcticus Banks 1893 TTL00 [incl. Opilio kurilus Roewer 1956 T87, O. nipponensis Roewer 1956 S03, O. sachaliensis Suzuki 1941 T87, O. sachalinus Roewer 1956 T87, O. sunuitensis Nakatsudi 1943 S03]

Homolophus nepalicus (Roewer 1912) [=Zacheus nepalicus; incl. Opilio aborensis Roewer 1956, Egaenus asiaticus Roewer 1914] S03

Homolophus potanini (Simon 1895) S03 [=Phalangium potanini TTL00, Euphalangium potanini TTL00, Opilio potanini TTL00; incl. O. almasyi Roewer 1911 TTL00, O. asiaticus Gricenko 1979 TTL00]

Homolophus przewalskii (Staręga 1978) S12 [=Euphalangium przewalskii TLT98, Phalangium nordenskioeldi var. pallida Kulczyński 1901 non Müller 1776 TLT98, E. nordenskioldi var. pallida R23, E. pallidum R23]

Homolophus serrulatus (Karsch 1881) [=Phalangium serrulatum, Opilio serrulatus; incl. P. bidentatum Kulczyński 1901, O. bidentatus, O. kishidai Saitô 1936, O. tricolor var. modestus Schenkel 1953, O. quadridentatus Wang 1941, Phalangium tricolor Kulczyński 1901, O. tricolor] S03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[K01] Kulczyński, V. 1901. Arachnoideák [Arachnoidea]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 311–369. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

Kurt, K. 2014. New record of the genus Homolophus (Opiliones: Phalangiidae) in Turkey and SEM studies on its morphology. Florida Entomologist 97 (2): 406–413.

[MDP15] Mitov, P. G., J. A. Dunlop & D. Penney. 2015. A new species of Lacinius in amber (Arachnida: Opiliones). Fossil Record 18: 37–42.

[R23] Roewer, C.-F. 1923. Die Weberknechte der Erde: Systematische Bearbeitung der bisher bekannnten Opiliones. Gustav Fischer: Jena.

[R56] Roewer, C. F. 1956. Über Phalangiinae (Phalangiidae, Opiliones Palpatores). (Weitere Weberknechte XIX). Senckenbergiana Biologica 37 (3–4): 247–318.

[S12] Snegovaya, N. Y. 2012. A new harvestman species (Arachnida: Opiliones: Phalangiidae: Homolophus) from Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic (Azerbaijan). Fragmenta Faunistica 55 (1): 5–10.

[S03] Staręga, W. 2003. On the identity and synonymies of some Asiatic Opilioninae (Opiliones: Phalangiidae). Acta Arachnologica 52 (2): 91–102.

[TLT98] Tchemeris, A. N., D. V. Logunov & N. Tsurusaki. 1998. A contribution to the knowledge of the harvestman fauna of Siberia (Arachnida: Opiliones). Arthropoda Selecta 7 (3): 189–199.

[T87] Tsurusaki, N. 1987. Two species of Homolophus newly found from Hokkaido, Japan (Arachnida: Opiliones: Phalangiidae). Acta Arachnologica 35: 97–107.

[TTL00] Tsurusaki, N., A. N. Tchemeris & D. V. Logunov. 2000. Two new species of Opiliones from southern Siberia and Mongolia, with an establishment of a new genus and redefinition of the genus Homolophus (Arachnida: Opiliones: Phalangiidae). Acta Arachnologica 49 (1): 73–86.

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