Vonones ornatus, copyright Lynette Elliott.

Belongs within: Cosmetidae.

Vonones is a genus of cosmetid harvestmen found primarily in North and Central America; this is the only genus of Cosmetidae found in the United States.

Characters (from Goodnight & Goodnight 1953): Dorsum with five areas, variously armed with tubercles and spines, without a large median spine on third area. First tarsus with five segments; distitarsi of both first and second tarsi with three segments. Third and fourth legs with simple untoothed claws.

<==Vonones Simon 1879 [incl. Libitioides Roewer 1912, Ornotus Goodnight & Goodnight 1942] K03
    |--*V. octotuberculatus Simon 1879 K03
    |--V. circumlineatus Goodnight & Goodnight 1953 K03
    |--V. granulatus Roewer 1947 K03
    |--V. malkini Goodnight & Goodnight 1953 K03
    |--V. ornatus (Say 1821) (see below for synonymy) K03
    |--V. pelaezi (Goodnight & Goodnight 1942) [=*Ornotus pelaezi] K03
    |--V. pilosus Goodnight & Goodnight 1977 [=V. pilosa] K03
    |--V. planus Goodnight & Goodnight 1942 K03
    |--V. riveti (Roewer 1919) [=Libitioides riveti] K03
    |--V. sayi (Simon 1879) (see below for synonymy) K03
    |--V. scabrissimus (Roewer 1912) [=Libitioides scabrissima] K03
    `--V. testaceus Roewer 1947 K03

Vonones ornatus (Say 1821) [=Gonyleptes ornatum, Cosmetus ornatus, Cynorta ornata, Metacynorta ornata, Vonones ornata, Vernones ornata (l. c.)] K03

Vonones sayi (Simon 1879) [=Cynorta sayi, Cy. sayii, Libitioides sayi, *L. ornata Roewer 1912 non Gonyleptes ornatum Say 1821, Vonones ornata; incl. Cosmetus albolineatus Sørensen 1884, Cynorta albolineata, Libitioides albolineatus, Vonones modestus Banks 1909, Platycynorta transversalis Roewer 1952] K03

*Type species of generic name indicated


Goodnight, C. J., & M. L. Goodnight. 1953. The opilionid fauna of Chiapas, Mexico, and adjacent areas (Arachnoidea, Opiliones). American Museum Novitates 1610: 1–81.

[K03] Kury, A. B. 2003. Annotated catalogue of the Laniatores of the New World (Arachnida, Opiliones). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología, volumen especial monográfico 1: 1–337.

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