Huitaca boyacaensis is a species of neotropical harvestmen in the family of Neogoveidae,[1] first described by Ligia Benavides and Gonzalo Giribet in 2013.


Huitaca boyacaensis used to be placed in the family of Ogoveidae (2003) but is reclassified under Neogoveidae (2007).

Etymology and habitatEdit

Both the genus Huitaca and the species epithet boyacaensis are named after the culture of the Muisca people; Huitaca was the rebelling goddess of sexual liberation in the Muisca religion and Boyacá is one of the departments of Colombia where the Muisca lived.

The holotype has been found near the road from Arcabuco to Moniquirá on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at an altitude of 2,559 metres (8,396 ft). Nineteen paratype specimens have been collected at the same location; eight males, six females and five juveniles.