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27 June 2022 Two new dionychan spiders from arid western South Africa (Araneae: Prodidomidae, Trochanteriidae)
Charles R. Haddad
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Abstract

As part of a biodiversity survey in the arid western interior of South Africa, two new species of dionychan spiders were collected and are described herein. The prodidomid genus Namundra Platnick & Bird, 2007, previously known from arid parts of Namibia and Angola, is recorded from South Africa for the first time, and N. murphyi sp. n. is described from a single female. Scanning electron micrographs, based on juvenile specimens only, detail some aspects of the fine morphology of this enigmatic genus for the first time. A new species of the trochanteriid genus Platyoides O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1891, P. robertsi sp. n., is described from three females. DNA barcodes (cytochrome oxidase subunit I, COI) are provided for all of the specimens included in this paper.

Charles R. Haddad "Two new dionychan spiders from arid western South Africa (Araneae: Prodidomidae, Trochanteriidae)," Arachnology 19(sp1), 341-347, (27 June 2022). https://doi.org/10.13156/arac.2022.19.sp1.341
Published: 27 June 2022
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Afrotropical
desert
new species
Succulent Karoo
taxonomy
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