The first overview of the jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) of Lesotho is presented. Twenty-eight species are recorded for the first time, to add to three recently described species of Euophryinae. Among these, six species are described as new to science: Belippo attenuata
sp. n., Dendryphantes acutus
sp. n., Heliophanus furvus
sp. n., H. maluti
sp. n., H. transversus
sp. n. and Massagris mohale
sp. n., all known from both sexes. The Lesotho fauna shows considerable overlap with the grassland fauna of the adjacent Free State Province of South Africa (15 of 31 species), indicating the importance of vegetation in shaping salticid assemblages, but highlighting the role of the considerable differences in altitude and geology in the two areas.
To cite this paper: Wesołowska, W. & Haddad, C.R. 2014. An overview of the jumping spiders of Lesotho (Araneae: Salticidae), with descriptions of six new species. African Invertebrates 55 (2): 229–268.
Published electronically: 16 September 2014.