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Genus Calicina

large mite - Calicina sequoia Calicina - Calicina sequoia Calicina mariposa Calicina galena Calicina ensata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Opiliones (Harvestmen)
Suborder Laniatores (Armoured harvestmen)
Family Phalangodidae
Genus Calicina
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
many species originally described in genus Sitalcina
25 described species
0.7-2 mm
Males of most species have small spurs on the palpal tarsi
All known species are endemic to California. Most species have very small geographic distributions, and several are known only from respective type localities.
Typically found under medium to large-sized rocks, sometimes beneath decomposing logs that are in undisturbed contact with the soil
Most species are found near the surface during wet winter/spring months in California
Print References
Briggs, T.S. & Hom, K. (1966) Five new species of Phalangodidae from California (Opiliones). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 42(4), 262–269. (online PDF)

Briggs, T.S. & Hom, K. (1967) New Phalangodidae from the Sierra Nevada Mountains (Opiliones). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 43(1), 48–52. (online PDF)

Briggs, T.S. (1968) Phalangids of the laniatorid genus Sitalcina (Phalangodidae: Opiliones). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, fourth series, 36(1), 1–32. (online PDF)

Emata KE, M Hedin. 2016. From the mountains to the coast and back again: Ancient biogeography in a radiation of short-range endemic harvestmen from California. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution 98: 233-243. (online PDF)

Ubick, D & TS. Briggs, 1989. The harvestmen family Phalangodidae. 1. The new genus Calicina, with notes on Sitalcina (Opiliones: Laniatores). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 46(4): 95-136. (online PDF)