oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Four new spiders from Southern Africa (Araneae)

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Four new species of spider are descriptionbed belonging to the families Argyopidae, Eresidae and Thomisidae. Two new genera are proposed, Megaraneus (Type, M. campbelli n. sp.) for an unusually large form related to the cosmopolitan genus Araneus: and Paradonea (Type, P. striatipes n. sp) for the South African species related to the genus Adonea which is now reserved for the North African forms, the type being A. fimbriata Simon from Algeria. The Thomisid genus Platythomisus Dolesch. has only once previously been recorded from the South African subregion; six of the African species are known from east and west tropical Africa; the two new species here descriptionbed, from as far apart as the East Cape and northern Zulu land, provide evidence that they also occur at the southern end of the continent.

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