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Two new species of Sabacon Simon, 1879 (Opiliones: Dyspnoi: Sabaconidae) from Yunnan Province, China



Two new species of the harvestman genus Sabacon Simon, 1879 are recorded from Yunnan Province, southern China, Sabacon monacanthus sp. n. (male and female; relationships unclear) and S. suzukii sp. n. (male and female; closely related to S. kangding Martens, 2015 from Sichuan Province, southwestern China).



Opiliones, Arachnida, harvestmen, taxonomy, genitalia, evolutionary centres, relationships

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