n African Invertebrates - An overview of the jumping spiders of Lesotho (Araneae: Salticidae), with descriptions of six new species : arachnida

Volume 55, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1681-5556
  • E-ISSN: 2305-2562



The first overview of the jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) of Lesotho is presented. Twenty-eight species are recorded for the first time, to add to three recently described species of Euophryinae. Among these, six species are described as new to science: sp. n., sp. n., sp. n., sp. n., sp. n. and sp. n., all known from both sexes. The Lesotho fauna shows considerable overlap with the grassland fauna of the adjacent Free State Province of South Africa (15 of 31 species), indicating the importance of vegetation in shaping salticid assemblages, but highlighting the role of the considerable differences in altitude and geology in the two areas.

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