A review of the genus raveniola (Araneae, Nemesiidae) in China, with notes on allied genera and description of four new species from Yunnan

Sergei Zonstein, Yuri M. Marusik

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The Chinese representatives of Raveniola Zonstein, 1987 are currently recognized to comprise seven species. Four new species - R. montana sp. n. (♂♀), R. shangrila sp. n. (♂), R. songi sp. n. (♂) and R. yunnanensis sp. n. (♂) - are described from the highlands of Yunnan Province, China. According to some characters (shape of the palpus, palpal tibia and tibia I in males) they can be placed together with R. hebeinica Zhu, Zhang & Zhang, 1999 and with R. guangxi (Raven & Schwendinger, 1995), comb. n., transferred here from Sinopesa Raven & Schwendinger, 1995. The current generic position of R. xizangensis (Hu & Li, 1987) is confirmed. Other Chinese nemesiids referred previously to Raveniola are transferred to Sinopesa: S. chinensis (Kulczyn ́ski, 1901), comb. n., S. sinensis (Zhu & Mao, 1983), comb. n. and S. chengbuensis (Xu & Yun, 2002), comb. n. The relationships between these Asian genera and their relations to Afrotropical nemesiids are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-99
Number of pages29
JournalZooKeys
Volume211
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Araneae
  • Nemesiidae
  • Raveniola
  • Sinopesa
  • Spiders
  • Taxonomy

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'A review of the genus raveniola (Araneae, Nemesiidae) in China, with notes on allied genera and description of four new species from Yunnan'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this