New data on the jumping spiders of South Africa (Araneae: Salticidae)

W. Wesołowska, C. R. Haddad


Examination of museum collections and of recently collected materials lead to the discovery of the fol­lowing 19 jumping spider species that are described here: Asemonea amatola sp. n. (♀), A. clara sp. n. (♀), Belippo meridionalis sp. n. (♂♀), Colaxes benjamini sp. n. (♂♀), Dendryphantes limpopo sp. n. (♀), D. silvestris sp. n. (♂♀), Evarcha denticulata sp. n. (♂), Heliophanus gramineus sp. n. (♀), H. ndumoensis sp. n. (♂), Langelurillus krugeri sp. n. (♀), Massagris contortuplicata sp. n. (♀), Pseudicius dentatus sp. n. (♂♀), P. femineus sp. n. (♀), P. flabellus sp. n. (♂), P. imitator sp. n. (♂♀), Rhene amanzi sp. n. (♂), R. punctatus sp. n. (♂), R. timidus sp. n. (♀), and Tomomingi szutsi sp. n. (♂♀). A new genus, Ureta gen. n., is described, with U. quadrispinosa (Lawrence, 1938) comb. n. (from Euophrys C.L. Koch, 1834) as the type species. Two further new combinations are proposed: Afromarengo bimaculata (Peckham & Peckham, 1903) comb. n., transferred from Copocrossa Simon, 1901, and Brancus mustelus (Simon, 1902) comb. n., transferred from Evarcha Simon, 1902. Massagris regina Wesołowska, 1993 is synonymised with M. honesta Wesołowska, 1993. The unknown adults of A. bimaculata, the unknown males of Heliophanus aberdarensis Wesołowska, 1986, Pseudicius africanus Peckham & Peckham, 1903 and U. quadrispinosa, and the un­known females of Evarcha striolata Wesołowska & Haddad, 2009, Rhene facilis Wesołowska & Russell-Smith, 2000 and Sibianor victoriae Logunov, 2000, are described. Twelve species are recorded from South Africa for the first time: Asemonea murphyae Wanless, 1980, Dendryphantes rafalskii Wesołowska, 1999, Evarcha zimbabwensis Wesołowska & Cumming, 2008, Hasarius adansoni (Audouin, 1826), Heliophanus aberdarensis, H. pygmaeus Wesołowska & Russell-Smith, 2000, Langona tortuosa Wesołowska, 2011, Mog­rus mathisi (Berland & Millot, 1941), P. elegans Wesołowska & Cumming, 2008, R. facilis Wesołowska & Russell-Smith, 2000, S. victoriae and Xuriella prima Wesołowska & Russell-Smith, 2000. Additionally, new provincial records for species previously recorded from elsewhere in South Africa are provided for the Eastern Cape (eight spp.), Western Cape (five spp.), Limpopo (two spp.), and North West and Mpumalanga provinces (one species from each).

To cite this paper: Wesołowska, W. & Haddad, C.R. 2013. New data on the jumping spiders of South Africa (Araneae: Salticidae). African Invertebrates 54 (1): 177–240.

Published electronically: 20 May 2013


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