Flirtea sp., copyright Arthur Anker.

Belongs within: Cosmetidae.

Flirtea is a genus of harvestmen found in northern South America with thick and heavily denticulate legs.

Characters (from González-Sponga 1992): Ocular tubercule wide, transverse, with a groove in the center and small granules near the inner edge of the eyes. Opisthosoma with markedly convex lateral edges facing areas I to III. Opisthosomal areas weakly demarcated and with little ornamentation. Area III with two tubercles or low pyramidal spines. Tergites with aligned granules. Distal segment of chelicerae enlarged in males. Ambulatory legs short, thick, denticulate. Femora IV of male claviform. Basal segments of tarsi I thickened in males or rarely as distal. Tarsal segments of legs I = 6(3). Tarsal segments of legs II = 11–15(3). Claws not pectinate.

<==Flirtea Koch 1839K03
    |--F. validaMKM22
    `--+--*F. picta (Perty 1833)MKM22, K03 [=Cosmetus pictusK03, Cynorta (Prasia) pictaK03]
       `--Paecilaemella Roewer 1925MKM22, K03 [=Poecilaemella (l. c.)K03]
            |--P. ornata (Roewer 1912) [=Protus ornatus; incl. Paecilaemella albantica Roewer 1947, Paecilaema albantica]MKM22
            `--+--*P. festae Roewer 1925MKM22, K03 (see below for synonymy)
               `--P. multimaculata (Wood 1869)MKM22
Flirtea incertae sedis:
  F. alpha (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus alpha]K03
  F. altagraciensis González-Sponga 1992K03
  F. andina Roewer 1927K03
  F. araguitensis González-Sponga 1992K03
  F. clypeata (Sørensen 1932) (see below for synonymy)K03
  F. erxlineae Mello-Leitão 1941K03
  F. fusca (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus fuscus]K03
  F. geographica (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus geographicus]K03
  F. granulosa (Simon 1879) [=Erginus granulosus, Rhaucus granulosus]K03
  F. henrikseni González-Sponga 1992K03
  F. lateralis (Banks 1909) (see below for synonymy)K03
  F. limbata (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus limbatus]K03
  F. longifemoris González-Sponga 1992K03
  F. militaris (Simon 1879) [=Erginus militaris, Rhaucus militaris]K03
  F. montana González-Sponga 1992K03
  F. mutica (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus muticus]K03
  F. papilionacea (Simon 1879) [=Erginus papilionaceus, Rhaucus papilionaceus]K03
  F. paucimaculata Roewer 1963K03
  F. phalerata Koch 1840KM20 [=Cynorta (Prasia) phalerataKM20, Poecilaema phaleratumK03]
  F. quinquelineata (Simon 1879) [=Rhaucus quinquelineatus; incl. Metarhaucus albilineatus Roewer 1912]K03
  F. reticulata (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus reticulatus]K03
  F. simplex González-Sponga 1992K03
  F. sorenseni González-Sponga 1992K03
  F. tristis (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus tristis]K03
  F. tuberculata (Sørensen 1932) [=Rhaucus tuberculatus]K03
  F. ventricosa (Simon 1879) [=Erginus ventricosus, Rhaucus ventricosus]K03
  F. venezuelana (Sørensen 1932) (see below for synonymy)K03
  F. withi González-Sponga 1992K03

Flirtea clypeata (Sørensen 1932) [=Cynorta (Prasia) clypeata, Erginulus clypeatus, Euerginus clypeatus, Prasiana clypeata; incl. Eucynortula puncticulosa Roewer 1947]K03

Flirtea lateralis (Banks 1909) [=Vonones lateralis; incl. Eucynorta banksi Roewer 1947, Cynorta conspersa Banks 1914 non Cosmetus conspersus Perty 1833, E. conspersa, E. conpersa (l. c.)]K03

Flirtea venezuelana (Sørensen 1932) [=Cynorta (Prasia) venezuelana, Metarhaucus venezuelanus, Prasia striata ms; incl. Flirtea caracasensis Mello-Leitão 1940, Cynorta caracasensis, F. femoralis Roewer 1947]K03

*Paecilaemella festae Roewer 1925 non Paecilaema festae Roewer 1925 (not preoc. if in dif. gen.)MKM22, K03 [=Paecilaema festiva Kury 2003K03, Paecilaema festivumKA-Z11]

*Type species of generic name indicated


González-Sponga, M. A. 1992. Aracnidos de Venezuela. Opiliones Laniatores II. Familia Cosmetidae. Biblioteca de la Academia de Ciencias Fisicas, Matematicas y Naturales Caracas—Venezuela 26: 1–432.

[K03] Kury, A. B. 2003. Annotated catalogue of the Laniatores of the New World (Arachnida, Opiliones). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología, volumen especial monográfico 1: 1–337.

[KA-Z11] Kury, A. B., & M. A. Alonso-Zarazaga. 2011. Addenda and corrigenda to the “Annotated catalogue of the Laniatores of the New World (Arachnida, Opiliones)”. Zootaxa 3034: 47–68.

[KM20] Kury, A. B., A. C. Mendes, L. Cardoso, M. S. Kury & A. A. Granado. 2020. WCO-Lite: Online world catalogue of harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones). Version 1.0—Checklist of all valid nomina in Opiliones with authors and dates of publication up to 2018. Published by the author: Rio de Janeiro.

[MKM22] Medrano, M., A. B. Kury & A. C. Mendes. 2022. Morphology-based cladistics splinters the century-old dichotomy of the pied harvestmen (Arachnida: Gonyleptoidea: Cosmetidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 195 (2): 585–672.

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