Cryptic diversity of South African trapdoor spiders : three new species of Stasimopus Simon, 1892 (Mygalomorphae, Ctenizidae), and redescription of Stasimopus robertsi Hewitt, 1910. (American Museum novitates, no. 3732)

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dc.contributor.author Engelbrecht, Ian.
dc.contributor.author Prendini, Lorenzo.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-17T13:35:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-17T13:35:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6155
dc.description 42 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Three new species of Stasimopus Simon, 1892, are described from the Gauteng and North West provinces of South Africa. They are readily distinguished from all other known Stasimopus species by the presence of spinules in the tarsal scopulae on the first two pairs of legs of adult males. The only described species recorded in the vicinity, Stasimopus robertsi Hewitt, 1910, which appears to be endemic to northern Gauteng Province, is redescribed. The four species are comprehensively illustrated, a key to identify the adult males from those of other new species in the region is provided, and their conservation status discussed. Available evidence suggests that many Stasimopus species remain to be discovered and described, but significant effort will be required to obtain adult males, considered important for accurate species delimitation in the genus. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates, no. 3732. en_US
dc.subject Stasimopus. en_US
dc.subject Trap-door spiders. en_US
dc.subject Spiders. en_US
dc.subject Gauteng (South Africa) en_US
dc.subject North-West (South Africa) en_US
dc.subject South Africa. en_US
dc.title Cryptic diversity of South African trapdoor spiders : three new species of Stasimopus Simon, 1892 (Mygalomorphae, Ctenizidae), and redescription of Stasimopus robertsi Hewitt, 1910. (American Museum novitates, no. 3732) en_US
dc.title.alternative New South African trapdoor spiders. en_US

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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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