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Fauna of Brazil
Brazil. Location.


South America



Predominant harvestmen (from HarvEx)

Gonyleptidae; Cosmetidae; Gagrellinae

Diversity (Project WCO)

1008 species (960 endemic)

Countries of South America

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Brazil is THE most diverse country in Opiliones.

It has the astonishing number of more than 1000 species of harvestmen. Certainly that is one of the reasons why there are so many researchers working on Opiliones there.

A checklist of Brazilian species may be found State by State in Kury (2003), but it is quickly becoming outdated by the sheer rhythm of discovery.

This category is for harvestmen officially recorded from Brazil, repositories of Brazilian Opiliones and authors who worked on Brazilian opilionofauna.

Important works on Brazilian opilionofauna[]

Earlier descriptive works: Perty (1833)[1], CL Koch (1839)[2].
Compilation works: Roewer (1923)[3], Mello-Leitão (1932)[4].
Catalog: Kury (2003)[5].

Main Brazilian repositories of type specimens of Opiliones[]


Brazilian Taxonomists of Opiliones[]

R.N. Carvalho
M.B. DaSilva
C.P. Ferreira
M.R. Hara
A.B. Kury
G. Machado
C.F. de Mello-Leitão
A. Mendes
R. Pinto-da-Rocha
S.T. de Piza Jr.
B. Soares
H. Soares
A.L.M. Tourinho
E.G. Vasconcelos


  1. Perty, J.A.M. (1833) Delectus animalium articulatorum, quae in itinere per Brasiliam annis MDCCCXVII-MDCCCXX [1817–1820] jussu et auspiciis Maximiliani Josephi I Bavariae Regis augustissimi peracto, collegerunt Dr. J. B. de Spix et Dr. C. F. Ph. de Martius. Vol. 3. [Opiliones, pp 201-209]. [“1830-1834”]. Friedrich Fleischer, Monachii [= München], 224 pp., pls 25–40. [Issued 13 Dec. 1833].
  2. Koch, C.L. (1839b) Die Arachniden getreu nach der Natur abgebildet und beschrieben. Vol. 7 (parts 1–5). C.H. Zeh, Nürnberg, 106 pp., 30 pls. [Issued from July to December 1839].
  3. Roewer, C.F. (1923) Die Weberknechte der Erde. Systematische Bearbeitung der bisher bekannten Opiliones. Gustav Fischer, Jena, 1116 pp.
  4. Mello-Leitão, C.F. de (1932b) Opiliões do Brasil. Revista do Museu Paulista, 17 (2), 1–505, 61 pls.
  5. Kury, A.B. (2003a) Annotated catalogue of the Laniatores of the New World (Arachnida, Opiliones). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología, vol. especial monográfico, 1, 1–337. [Issued 31 May 2003].

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