The Arachnid Order Solifugae

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PHYLOGENY/TAXONOMY

Phylogeny of the Solifugae
Keys to FamiliesFamily Ammotrechidae
Family Ceromidae
Family Daesiidae
Family Eremobatidae
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Galeodidae
Family Gylippidae
Family Hexisopodidae
Family Karschiidae
Family Melanoblossidae
Family Mummuciidae
Family RhagodidaeFamily Solpugidae
Catalog of the Solifugae

Genus Eremochelis Roewer 1934
imperialis species group

 

 


 

         When Muma (1962) described what is now known as Eremochelis imperialis (Muma 1951), he placed it into its own unique species group, which he called the imperialis group.  He characterized the imperialis group as follows:

Moderate-sized species.  Males with mesal groove of fixed finger an indistinct series of modified creases and carinae.  Apical plumose bristle of flagellum complex not greatly enlarged or elongated. Ventral tubular bristles of complex situated in a group in the fondal notch.  Females unknown. Fondal teeth of both rows graded in size I, III, II, IV.

         Muma (1962) subsequently added what is now known as Eremochelis rothi (Muma 1962), which he later Muma (1989) transferred to the andreasana group. 
         Rowland (1974) added Eremochelis kastoni Rowland 1974, commenting in particular its similarity to Eremochelis rothi, and raised his concerns over utilizing the development of the apical plumose bristles of the flagellum complex in grouping species naturally within the genus.  Rowland suggested that interpreting the relative development of the bristles in question is not clear cut.
         Muma (1989) observed that males of most species seemingly related to Eremochelis imperialis have the apex of the movable cheliceral finger modified into a more or less distinct cup, whereas those apparently related to Eremochelis andreasana (Muma 1962) have the apex of the movable cheliceral finger flanged at most.  He further noted that imperialis group species have the apical setae of the flagellum complex serrate, but not especially enlarged.
          The taxa included in the imperialis group as currently interpreted are:

Eremochelis imperialis (Muma 1951)
Eremochelis kastoni
Rowland 1974
Eremochelis larreae (Muma 1962)
Eremochelis undulus Muma 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
 



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