Female Protimesius longipalpis, copyright Gonzalo Giribet.

Belongs within: Stygnidae.

Protimesius is a genus of harvestmen found in northern South America.

Characters (from Pinto-da-Rocha 1997): Dorsal scute rectangular. Cephalothorax tuberculate, one eminence medioanterior. Eye mounds smooth. Area I divided by a median groove; III with two spines. Tubercles of free tergite III similar in size. Pedipalpal femur and patella elongate (longer than dorsal scute); basal sockets apex of tibia bifid. With tarsal process, scopula with thinner hairs. Penis large and cylindrical, ventral plate with 3 distal and 3–12 basal pairs of setae; glans with dorsal process.

<==Protimesius Roewer 1913 K03 (see below for synonymy)
    |--*P. gracilis Roewer 1913 K03
    |--P. albilineatus (Roewer 1957) [=Obidosus albilineatus] K03
    |--P. amphichelis (Roewer 1931) [=*Obidosus amphichelis] K03
    |--P. apiacas Pinto-da-Rocha 2000 K03
    |--P. coxalis (Roewer 1931) [=*Fonteboatus coxalis] K03
    |--P. evelineae (Soares & Soares 1978) [=Ideostygnus evelineae] K03
    |--P. laevis Sørensen 1932 [=*Ideostygnus laevis, Pickeliana laevis] K03
    |--P. longipalpis (Roewer 1943) [=Pickeliana longipalpis, Pr. longipalpus] K03
    |--P. mendopticus (Soares 1978) [=*Misetropius mendopticus] K03
    |--P. palpalis (Roewer 1931) [=Fonteboatus palpalis] K03
    `--P. trocaraincola Pinto-da-Rocha 1997 K03

Protimesius Roewer 1913 K03 [incl. Fonteboatus Roewer 1931 (nom. inv.) K03, KA-Z11, Ideostygnus Sørensen 1932 K03, Misetropius Soares 1978 K03, Obidosus Roewer 1931 K03]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[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.

[KA-Z11] Kury, A. B., & M. A. Alonso-Zarazaga. 2011. Addenda and corrigenda to the "Annotated catalogue of the Laniatores of the New World (Arachnida, Opiliones)". Zootaxa 3034: 47–68.

Pinto-da-Rocha, R. 1997. Systematic review of the Neotropical family Stygnidae (Opiliones, Laniatores, Gonyleptoidea). Arq. Zool., Sao Paulo 33 (4): 163–342.

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