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J Bosselaers (2002)

A cladistic analysis of Zoropsidae (Araneae), with the description of a new genus


A cladistic analysis of the spider family Zoropsidae has been performed. The ingroup of the analysis consisted of eight species traditionally classified in Zoropsidae, including Zoropsis ciprogenia Bosselaers, 1997, of which the hitherto unknown male has been recently discovered, and Takeoa nishimurai (Yaginuma, 1963). The outgroup contained four species, belonging to the genera Ctenus Walckenaer, 1805, Acanthoctenus Keyserling, 1876 and Griswoldia Dippenaar-Schoeman & Jocque, 1997. Three different weighting schemes allowed selection of one preferred, most parsimonious tree. This tree implies that Zoropsis cyprogenia has to be placed in a new genus within Zoropsidae. A description of Akamasia n. gen. is given, as well as a redescription of Acanthoctenus gaujoni Simon, 1906.

Araneae; Zoropsidae; Ctenidae; Zoropsis; Takeoa; Akamasia; Acanthoctenus; cladistics; parsimony; weighting
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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