Female Platybunus pinetorum, from Opiliophilia.

Belongs within: Phalangiidae.

Platybunus is a genus of phalangiid harvestmen found in central and south-east Europe. Members of this genus have a conspicuously large eyemound and long spines on the pedipalp (Martens 1978).

Characters (from Martens 1978): Body of male commonly caudad bluntly tapered caudad, dorso-ventrally flattened. Supracheliceral lamellae unarmed. Tuber oculorum conspicuously large, wider than long, medially grooved, with lateral denticles, about one-quarter to half its length from front margin of cephalothorax. Pedipalp robust and powerful; femur, tibia and tarsus with long spines (fewer on tibia and tarsus); patella and tibia each with conspicuous medio-distal apophysis, form of patellar apophysis usually varying between sexes. Truncus penis extremely long and narrow, with nearly parallel margins, basally slightly enlarged, either dorsally or ventrally flat, otherwise convex; muscles in basal third to basal half. Glans elongate spindle-shaped; sense bristles large, in bright socket, near base of glans. Receptaculum seminis mostly thick-walled.

<==Platybunus Koch 1839 K18 [incl. Platylophus Koch 1839 non Swainson 1832 C92]
    |--*P. bucephalus (Koch 1835) C92 (see below for synonymy)
    |--‘Platylophus’ affinis Koch 1871 (n. d.) R23
    |--P. alpinorelictus Martens 1978 M78
    |--P. anatolicus Roewer 1956 R56
    |--P. arbuteus Simon 1879 (n. d.) D04
    |--P. hadzii Kratochvíl 1935 N05
    |--‘Platylophus’ heegeri Kollar in Rossi in Haidingers 1847 (n. d.) [=P. dalmatinum ms, P. hugeri (l. c.)] R23
    |--P. hypanicus Šilhavý 1966 K14
    |--P. incanus (Koch 1839) (n. d.) [=Phalangium incanum, Platylophus incanus] R23
    |--‘Platylophus’ leucophthalmus Koch 1871 (n. d.) R23
    |--P. mirus Loman 1892 R23
    |--P. nigrovittatus Simon 1879 D04
    |--P. pallidus Šilhavý 1938 M78
    |--P. pinetorum (Koch 1839) N05 (see below for synonymy)
    |--P. placidus Simon 1879 D04
    |--P. strigosus (Koch 1867) N05 [=Platylophus strigosus R23, Metaplatybunus strigosus R23]
    `--P. uncatus (Hermann 1804) (n. d.) [=Phalangium uncatum] R23

Nomen nudum: Platylophus biramosus Kollar in Doleschall 1852 R23

*Platybunus bucephalus (Koch 1835) C92 [=Opilio bucephalus D04, Platybunus budephalus (l. c.) R23, Platylophus bucephalus D04; incl. Platybunus eques Simon 1881 D04, Platybunus exiguus Roewer 1956 D04, Platylophus montanus Koch 1867 D04, Opilio rufipes Koch 1836 D04, Platybunus rufipes D04, *Platylophus rufipes C92]

Platybunus pinetorum (Koch 1839) N05 [=Platylophus pinetorum D04; incl. Platybunus agilis Koch 1861 D04, Platylophus alpestris Koch 1839 D04, Platybunus cirdeii Avram 1964 D04]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C92] Crawford, R. L. 1992. Catalogue of the genera and type species of the harvestman superfamily Phalangioidea (Arachnida). Burke Museum Contributions in Anthropology and Natural History 8: 1–60.

[D04] Delfosse, E. 2004. Catalogue préliminaire des Opilions de France métropolitaine (Arachnida Opiliones). Bulletin de Phyllie 20: 34–58.

[K14] Kurt, K. 2014. Updated checklist of harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones) in Turkey. Arch. Biol. Sci. 66 (4): 1617–1631.

[K18] Kury, A. B. 2018. Familial nomina in harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones). Bionomina 13: 1–27.

[M78] Martens, J. 1978. Spinnentiere, Arachnida: Weberknechte, Opiliones. Gustav Fischer Verlag: Jena.

[N05] Novak, T. 2005. An overview of harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Natura Croatica 14 (4): 301–350.

[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.

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