A revision of the Afrotropical species of Festucula Simon, 1901 (Araneae: Salticidae)

G.N. Azarkina, S.H. Foord

Abstract


The Afrotropical species of the jumping spider genus Festucula Simon, 1901 are revised. The genus now contains eight species. Three new species, F. haddadi sp. n. (♂♀ from South Africa), F. leroyae sp. n.(♂♀ from South Africa and Namibia) and F. robustus sp. n. (♂♀ from South Africa) are described. F. australis Lawrence, 1927 is removed from its synonymy with F. festuculaeformis (Lessert, 1925). F. lineata Simon,1901, previously treated as nomen dubium, is revalidated and redescribed. Three further species, F. australis Lessert, 1933, F. festuculaeformis Lessert, 1933 and F. lawrencei Lessert, 1933, are redescribed.

To cite this paper: Azarkina, G.N. & Foord, S.H. 2014. A revision of the Afrotropical species of Festucula Simon, 1901 (Araneae: Salticidae). African Invertebrates 55 (2): 351–375.

Published electronically: 3 December 2014.
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