Afropesa, a new spider genus from South Africa (Araneae: Entypesidae)

Sergei L. Zonstein, Duniesky Ríos-Tamayo

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A new mygalomorph spider genus, Afropesa n. gen., is established for three South African species: the type species A. schoutedeni (Benoit, 1965) n. comb., transferred here from Entypesa Simon, 1902, and two newly described congeners, A. gauteng n. sp. and A. schwendingeri n. sp. The new genus differs from other genera of the Entypesidae by a unique set of diagnostic characters, including a flanged embolus and the spermathecae with wide bases and lengthened distal lobes. The three included species can be distinguished from each other by a shape of the male tibia and metatarsus I, as well as by the structure of the embolus and configuration of the spermathecae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-34
Number of pages28
JournalIsrael Journal of Entomology
StatePublished - 4 Apr 2021


FundersFunder number
Aisha Mayekiso
Charles Griswold and Brian Fisher (CAS), Petra Sierwald and Maureen Turcatel
Jan-Andries Neethling
Kirstin Williams and Matabaro Ziganira
Louis Sorkin
Ministry of Absorption
Ministry of Absorption, Israel
Petro Marais
American Museum of Natural History
Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company
National Confectioners Association
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
University of Venda


    • Afrotropics
    • Araneae
    • Biodiversity
    • Entypesidae
    • Mygalomorphae
    • New combination
    • New genus
    • New species
    • South Af rica
    • Spiders
    • Syste matics
    • Taxonomy


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