Student Research Projects

Microanatomy of the integument of Metopilio spp. (Eupnoi, Sclerosomatidae) from Costa Rica

Student Andrea Slurff
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Biology
Course BIO 400: Scanning Electron Microscopy


I am doing a comparison of the external morphology of three species of harvestmen: Leiobunum formosum, Metapilio niger, and Metapilio ornatipes. L. formosum, a species that lives in Virginia, will be compared to M. niger and M. ornatipes, which were collected by Dr. Townsend in Costa Rica. I will be focusing on the integument of the carapace, which is its hard dorsal shell, the ocularum, which bears its pair of simple eyes, the ventral body integument, the ozopores, a defense gland found on each side of the body, the pedipalp and chelicera, as well as, the segments and setae of the legs.