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Typified names:

Opiliones Sundevall 1833

NOMEN: Opiliones Sundevall 1833: 12 [C.J. Sundevall. Conspectus Arachnidem. - Londini Gothorum, typus excudit C.F. Berling, Universitatis typographus, 1833: 1-39]

ORIGINAL LISTED MEMBERSHIP (Sundevall 1833): Gonoleptes + Mitobater + Phalangium + Trogulus + Caeculus

JUNIOR CIRCUMSCRIPTIONAL SYNONYM: 

= Opilionina Siebold 1848

TYPIFIED NAME IN BASIC FORMAT: Phalangium/fg (sine Siro) [f:1802; g:1758(gen.236)]

TYPIFIED NAMES IN USE: 

MODERN STATUS:  the oldest name of a holophyletic taxon.  
Systematic position and classification of Opiliones:

Phalangium/fg1
  Anepignathi (or Siro/fg1)
    Temperophthalmi (or Siro/fg2)
    Tropicophthalmi (or Stylocellus/fg1)
  Opiliones (or Phalangium/fg2)
    Plagiostheti (or Phalangium/fg3)
      Eupnoi (or Phalangium/fg4)
      Dyspnoi (or Trogulus/fg1)
    Laniatores (or Gonyleptis/fg1)
      Insidiatores (or Travunia/f=Abasola/g1)
      Grassatores (or Gonyleptis/fg2)

COMMENTS. The name Opiliones is often wrongly used for a wider taxon, which unites Opiliones with Anepignathi (or Siro/fg); actually, in the original publication (Sundevall 1833) the genus Siro was attributed not to the order Opiliones, but to the order Solifugae. 

Some authors use the name Opiliones as a typified one: they change its ending and circumscription, retaining authorship. Indeed, the order Opiliones includes the genus Opilio, so the name Opiliones Sundevall 1833 looks as a typified name formed from Opilio/fg [f: Opilioninae Koch 1839; g: Opilio Herbst 1798, typus Phalangium parietinum De Geer 1778 (design. Simon 1879)]. However, Sundevall (1833) in his comprehensive revision of arachnid genera did not mention the genus Opilio; this means that he did not know this generic name (which was regarded to be a synonym of Phalangium) and formed the name Opiliones from the species name opilio Linnaeus 1758 [Phalangium]. If the name Opiliones would be a typified name formed from Opilio/fg, it would be regarded to be wrong, because the taxon under consideration includes the type of the older name - Phalangium/fg. As the name Opiliones is non-typified, it should be used as a circumscriptional one and, thus, applied only to a taxon Phalangium/fg2 (sine Siro), but not to Phalangium/fg1 (incl. Siro) - i.e. to a taxon which includes Eupnoi, Dispnoi and Laniatores, but not Anepignathi.