oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A revision of the African spiders of the family Microstigmatidae (Araneae: Mygalomorphae)

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The African Microstigmatidae, all Microstigmata, are revised. Predictions implicit in the familial cladogram of Platnick & Forster (1982) are tested and corroborated. Six species of Microstigmata are recognised, including M. ukhahlamba sp. n., M. lawrencei sp. n., and M. amatola sp. n., and a cladogram is proposed. Vicariant distributional patterns among sister-taxa are related to historical geographic barriers. A minimum age of late Miocene to early Pliocene is suggested for Microstigmata species.

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