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1 August 2001 A REVISION OF THE AFROTROPICAL SPIDER GENUS PALFURIA (ARANEAE, ZODARIIDAE)
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The African genus Palfuria Simon 1910 is revised. The genus now contains nine species: the type species Palfuria retusa Simon 1910, described on the base of single juvenile, P. gibbosa (Lessert 1936), P. panner Jocqué 1991, and six species that are described as new: P. caputlari (♂♀), P. harpago (♂), P. helichrysorum (♀), P. hirsuta (♀), P. gladiator (♂♀), P. spirembolus (♂♀). The male of Palfuria panner is redescribed, and the female described for the first time. Five species (P. retusa, P. spirembolus, P. gladiator, P. panner, P. harpago) are from the southwestern part of the continent, the other species (P. gibbosa, P. helichrysorum, P. hirsuta, P. caputlari) from the eastern part. The last species is from as far north as northern Tanzania. As in many other genera, there is a tendency for the embolus to increase in length. Both the most basal (Palfuria panner) and the most derived species (Palfuria spirembolus) are found in Namibia.
Tamás Szüts and Rudy Jocqué "A REVISION OF THE AFROTROPICAL SPIDER GENUS PALFURIA (ARANEAE, ZODARIIDAE)," The Journal of Arachnology 29(2), (1 August 2001). https://doi.org/10.1636/0161-8202(2001)029[0205:AROTAS]2.0.CO;2
Received: 10 February 1999; Accepted: ; Published: 1 August 2001
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