The spider family Anyphaenidae in America north of Mexico

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1974
Authors:N. I. Platnick
Journal:Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College

Evidence from the tracheal system, claw tufts and courtshio behavior is used to justify the family status of Anyphaenidae. Suggested relationships between Anyphaenidae and Clubionidae, Amaurobiidae and Argyronetidae are disclaimed. The family Amaurobioididae is newly synonymized with Anyphaenidae. Genericproblems within the family are discussed. The thirty-six species occuring north of Mexico are described, their diagnostic characters pointed out and illustrated, their distributions mapped, notes on their habitats given, and keys to genera, species groups and species provided. The genera Anyphaenella and Cragus are newly synonymized with Wulfila. Thirteen species are described as new: Anyphaena alachua, A. arbida, A. autumna, A. catalina, A. cochise, A. gertschi, A. gibboides, A. hespar, A. lacka, A. rita, Aysha arunda, Wulfila bryantae and W. wunda. Nineteen new synonymies are recognized.

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