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Taxonavigation: Cyphophthalmi 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Ordo: Opiliones
Subordo: Cyphophthalmi

Familia: Pettalidae
Genera (11): Aoraki – Austropurcellia – Chileogovea – Karripurcellia – Manangotria – Neopurcellia – Parapurcellia – Pettalus – Purcellia – Rakaia – Speleosiro


  • Pettalidae Shear, 1980

Primary references[edit]

  • Shear, W.A. 1980: A review of the Cyphophthalmi of the United States and Mexico, with a proposed reclassification of the suborder (Arachnida, Opiliones). American Museum novitates, (2705 ) handle


  • Bivort, B.L., de; Clouse, R.M.; Giribet, G. 2010: A morphometrics-based phylogeny of the temperate Gondwanan mite harvestmen (Opiliones, Cyphophthalmi, Pettalidae). Journal of zoological systematics and evolutionary research, 48 (4): 294–309. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2009.00562.x
  • Bivort, B.L., de; Giribet, G. 2010: A systematic revision of the South African Pettalidae (Arachnida: Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi) based on a combined analysis of discrete and continuous morphological characters with the description of seven new species. Invertebrate systematics, 24 (4): 371–406. DOI: 10.1071/IS10015
  • Boyer, S.L.; Giribet, G. 2007: A new model Gondwanan taxon: systematics and biogeography of the harvestman family Pettalidae (Arachnida, Opiliones, Cyphophthalmi), with a taxonomic revision of genera from Australia and New Zealand. Cladistics, 23: 337–361. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2007.00149.x
  • Boyer, S.L.; Giribet, G. 2009: Welcome back New Zealand: regional biogeography and Gondwanan origin of three endemic genera of mite harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones, Cyphophthalmi). Journal of biogeography, 36: 1084–1099. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.02092.x
  • Forster, R.R. 1948: The sub-order Cyphophthalmi Simon in New Zealand. Dominion Museum records in entomology, 1: 79–119.
  • Giribet, G. 2003: Karripurcellia, a new pettalid genus (Arachnida: Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi) from Western Australia, with a cladistic analysis of the family Pettalidae. Invertebrate systematics, 17: 387–406. DOI: 10.1071/IS02014
  • Giribet, G.; Boyer, S.L. 2010: ‘Moa’s Ark’ or ‘Goodbye Gondwana’: is the origin of New Zealand’s terrestrial invertebrate fauna ancient, recent, or both? Invertebrate systematics, 24: 1–8. DOI: 10.1071/IS10009
  • Schwentner, M. & Giribet, G. 2018. Phylogeography, species delimitation and population structure of a Western Australian short-range endemic mite harvestman (Arachnida: Opiliones: Pettalidae: Karripurcellia). Evolutionary Systematics 2: 81–87. DOI: 10.3897/evolsyst.2.25274 Reference page
  • Šťáhlavský, F. et al. (Early View, 2012): First cytogenetic study of a member of the harvestman family Pettalidae (Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi). Australian journal of entomology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2012.00870.x
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