A revision of the crab spider genus Heriaeus Simon, 1875 (Araneae: Thomisidae) in the Afrotropical Region

P. van Niekerk, A. S. Dippenaar-Schoeman

Abstract


The genus Heriaeus Simon, 1875 is revised in the Afrotropical Region. Ten new species are described: H. allenjonesi (♂♀ South Africa), H. antoni (♂♀ Yemen), H. copricola (♂♀ South Africa), H. foordi (♂♀ South Africa), H. madagascar (♂ Madagascar), H. muizenberg (♂ South Africa), H. peterwebbi (♂♀ South Africa), H. sossusvlei (♀ Namibia), H. xanderi (♂♀ South Africa) and H. zanii (♂♀ South Africa and Tan­zania). Heriaeus fimbriatus Lawrence, 1942 is redescribed and recognized as the male of H. crassispi­nus Lawrence, 1942, and synonymized here. Two other previously known Afrotropical species are redescribed: H. transvaalicus Simon, 1895 (including the first male description) and H. latifrons Lessert, 1919.

To cite this paper: van Niekerk, P. & Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S. 2013. A revision of the crab spider genus Heriaeus Simon, 1875 (Araneae: Thomisidae) in the Afrotropical Region. African Invertebrates 54 (2): 447–476.

Published electronically: 14 November 2013
urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:71ABAE3F-5C84-41E9-869C-D3499341B791


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