Megalopsalis by NZW
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Neopilionidae Lawrence, 1931 is a family of Eupnoi Phalangioidea, distributed in the Southern Temperate regions of the world, and is divided into three subfamilies: Neopilioninae, Enantiobuninae and Ballarrinae. Has more than 60 described species (Kury 2013[1]; Taylor 2011[2], 2013a[3]; 2013b[4]) of southern Hemispheric-Gondwanan distribution.

Included subfamiliesEdit

Ballarrinae Hunt & Cokendolpher, 1991 (Australasian, Neotropical, Afrotropical – 10 species)
Enantiobuninae Mello-Leitão, 1931 (Australasian, Neotropical – 52 species)
Neopilioninae Lawrence, 1931 (Afrotropical – 2 species)


  1. Kury, A.B. (2013a) Order Opiliones Sundevall, 1833. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness (Addenda 2013). Zootaxa, 3703(1), 27–33. [Issued 30 Aug. 2013].
  2. Taylor, C.K. (2011) Revision of the genus Megalopsalis (Arachnida: Opiliones: Phalangioidea) in Australia and New Zealand and implications for phalangioid classification. Zootaxa, 2773, 1–65.
  3. Taylor, C.K. (2013a) Further notes on New Zealand Enantiobuninae (Opiliones, Neopilionidae), with the description of a new genus and two new species. ZooKeys, 263, 59–73.
  4. Taylor, C.K. (2013c) Further revision of the genus Megalopsalis (Opiliones, Neopilionidae), with the description of seven new species. ZooKeys, 328, 59–117.