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Afraflacilla

Afraflacilla is a genus of the spider family Salticidae (jumping spiders). Most species are distributed in Eastern to Northern Africa (including the Middle East) and Australia, with one species (A. epiblemoides) found in Europe.[1]

This genus was for a time included in the genus Pseudicius, and the boundaries between both genera are disputed.

Afraflacilla was first described from Australia in 1993, where they occupy tree trunks in savanna woodland and in open sclerophyll phorests.[2]

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Relationships

Afraflacilla, Pseudicius, Festucula and Marchena are close relatives and form a monophyletic group.[2]

Name

The name is combined from Africa, where most earlier described species were found, and Flacilla Simon, 1901, an obsolete salticid genus now called Flacillula Strand, 1932. This genus name is in turn derived from Aelia Flaccilla, wife of Roman Emperor Theodosius I.

Species

Notes

  1. ^ Platnick 2009
  2. ^ a b Zabka & Gray 2002

References

  • Zabka, Marek & Gray, Michael R. (2002): Salticidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from Oriental, Australian and Pacific Regions, XVI. New Species of Grayenulla and Afraflacilla. Records of the Australian Museum 54: 269-274. PDF
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2009): The world spider catalog, version 9.5. American Museum of Natural History.

Further reading

  • Zabka, Marek (1993): Salticidae (Arachnida : Araneae) of the Oriental, Australian and Pacific regions. X. Genera Afraflacilla Berland & Millot 1941 and Evarcha Simon 1902. Invertebrate Taxonomy 7(2): 279-295. doi:10.1071/IT9930279
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