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Leiobunum 2312 - Leiobunum nigropalpi

Leiobunum 2312 - Leiobunum nigropalpi
Pymatuning Lake, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 21, 2008
Leiobunum nigropalpi perhaps?

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Leiobunum 2312 - Leiobunum nigropalpi Leiobunum 2312 - Leiobunum nigropalpi - male

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Moved from Harvestmen.

Just an unusual observation / question
It seems to me the legs on these harvestmen have a faint resemblance to antennae on Oecanthinae. (Including a pedicel and scape). I know, it's a stretch of the imagination, but still it makes me wonder if there is any thought of a connection -- from an evolutionary standpoint. I've watched tree crickets use their antennae almost like an outstretched leg - 'to test the waters' so to speak.

 
Good guess
The second legs are used as sensory appendages in many opilionids. If you're curious and have access to a good research library, I'd recommend "Harvestmen: The biology of Opiliones" by Pinto-da-Rocha et al.

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