Taito adrik, a new harvestman species from the Área de Conservación Privada Panguana, Peruvian Amazonia (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae)

Taito adrik, a new harvestman species from the Área de Conservación Privada Panguana, Peruvian Amazonia (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae)

A new species of the cosmetid harvestman genus Taito Kury & Barros 2014 was described by Friedrich & Lehmann (2020) from the Área de Conservación Privada (ACP) Panguana, Peruvian Amazonia, which extends the distribution range of the genus to the south-west. The newly described species Taito adrik sp. nov. differs from all other known species of the genus by the distinct shape of the equuleus, the armature of leg IV in males, and the structure of male genitalia, in combination with features of the chelicerae and the anal operculum. In addition, COI barcodes of the new species were provided with the help of our DNA barcoding service.

Between 2009 and 2018, 35 specimens of a new species of the genus Taito were collected in the primary evergreen lowland rainforest of the Área de Conservación Privada (ACP) Panguana (Peruvian Amazonia), which is located in Central Perú between the eastern slopes of the Andes and the Sira Mountains. The goal of this study was to describe this new species of Taito—the first since the genus has been established in 2014—and provide sequence data for the COI barcoding gene. Part of a leg with muscle tissue from each specimen was taken for DNA extraction and further sequencing.Six specimens were barcoded successfully.

Specimen data and DNA sequences of the studied species are available from BOLD (Ratnasingham & Hebert 2007).

Friedrich, S., Lehmann, T. (2020): Taito adrik, a new harvestman species from the Área de Conservación Privada Panguana, Peruvian Amazonia (Opiliones: Laniatores: Cosmetidae). Zootaxa 4729 (1): 105-115. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4729.1.7

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