Platybunus pinetorum (Arachnida, Opiliones) new to Sweden

  • Niclas R. Fritzén
  • Veikko Rinne
  • Monika Sunhede
  • Annika Uddström
  • Sam Van de Poel
  • Pallieter De Smedt


In 2013 and 2015 several specimens of the opilionid Platybunus pinetorum (C.L. Koch, 1839) were found in Sweden in two different places almost 500 kilometers from each other. The species was not previously known in the country. The discovery initiated a survey of specimens reported as Rilaena triangularis (Herbst, 1799) on two Swedish web pages, in search for misidentified P. pinetorum. A further three specimens of the new species were found, indicating that it is already rather widespread in southern Sweden.
How to Cite
Fritzén, N. R., Rinne, V., Sunhede, M., Uddström, A., Van de Poel, S., & De Smedt, P. (2015). Platybunus pinetorum (Arachnida, Opiliones) new to Sweden. Memoranda Societatis Pro Fauna Et Flora Fennica, 91. Retrieved from