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27 June 2022 Murphydrela gen. n., a new genus of ant-eating spiders from central and east Africa (Araneae: Zodariidae)
Rudy Jocqué, Anthony Russell-Smith
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Abstract

A new genus of ant-eating spider, Murphydrela gen. n. is described from central and east Africa. Three new species, Murphydrela johannis gen. n. et sp. n. (type species, ♂♀), M. francescae gen. n. et sp. n. (♂♀), and M. michaelis gen. n. et sp. n. (♂) are described and illustrated. Two species originally described in the genus Cydrela Thorell, 1873 are transferred to Murphydrela: M. kreagra (Nzigidahera & Jocqué, 2010) comb. n. and M. neptuna (Nzigidahera & Jocqué, 2010) comb. n. The genus is unique within the Zodariidae in having the retrolateral tibial apophysis substituted by 3 or 4 stout spines arranged in a single row. A key to the species of Murphydrela is provided and their distribution is mapped and discussed.

Rudy Jocqué and Anthony Russell-Smith "Murphydrela gen. n., a new genus of ant-eating spiders from central and east Africa (Araneae: Zodariidae)," Arachnology 19(sp1), 238-246, (27 June 2022). https://doi.org/10.13156/arac.2022.19.sp1.238
Published: 27 June 2022
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Cydrelinae
distribution
modified RTA
new species
taxonomy
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