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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Phylogeny and biogeography of the mite harvestmen (Arachnida : Opiliones : Cyphophthalmi) of Queensland, Australia, with a description of six new species from the rainforests of the Wet Tropics

Sarah L. Boyer A B , Caitlin M. Baker A , Zachary R. Popkin-Hall A , Domokos I. Laukó A , Hannah A. Wiesner A and Rachel H. Quay A
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A Biology Department, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105, USA.

B Corresponding author. Email: boyer@macalester.edu

Invertebrate Systematics 29(1) 37-70 https://doi.org/10.1071/IS14025
Submitted: 14 May 2014  Accepted: 3 November 2014   Published: 20 March 2015

Abstract

The Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia, represent the largest remaining fragment of vast rainforests that once covered the entire continent. Over the past few decades the Wet Tropics bioregion has received much attention from biologists interested in the effect of climate change on diversity and distribution of rainforest animals. However, most such studies have focused on vertebrates, and despite considerable interest in the biota of the area, the diversity of many of Wet Tropics invertebrate taxa remains poorly known. Here we describe six new species of mite harvestman from the area, identified using a combination of morphological and molecular data. Our study represents the first detailed phylogenetic study of the genus Austropurcellia, and provides insight into the historical biogeography of these dispersal-limited arachnids.


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