Title

A new troglomorphic whip spider of the genus Charinus from the Sultanate of Oman (Amblypygi: Charinidae)

Source of Publication

Fauna of Arabia

Abstract

Charinus omanensis n. sp. is described from the Al Fallah - Al Hota cave system in the Jebel Akhdar in northern Oman. It is a troglomorphic species with reduced eyes and in most characters is very similar to Charinus stygochthobius from Socotra. However, the different tibia IV articulation, the possession of lateral eye vestiges, and the different genitalia, particularly in the male, suggest that both species evolved their nearly identical troglomorphic appearance by convergent evolution.

Document Type

Article

First Page

129

Last Page

134

Publication Date

1-1-2009

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