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31 December 2002 - Mark S. Harvey, Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
The Charinidae are the largest amblypygid family, with 39 species in three genera (Harvey 2003), but 27 of these species are placed in Charinus. Charinids were placed as the sister-group to the remaining Euamblypygi by Weygoldt (1996), but he failed to find any single apomorphy to unite the family as a monophyletic unit.
The Australian fauna consists of a single species of Charinus from north-eastern Queensland, although a different, probably undescribed, species has been examined from Torres Strait.
Harvey, M.S. 2003. Order Amblypygi. pp. 59–99 in, Catalogue of the Smaller Arachnid Orders of the World: Amblypygi, Uropygi, Schizomida, Palpigradi, Ricinulei and Solifugae. Collingwood, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing. 385 pp.
Weygoldt, P. 1996. Evolutionary morphology of whip spiders: towards a phylogenetic system (Chelicerata: Arachnida: Amblypygi). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 34: 185-202
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