Redescription of the Central Asian spider Pholcoides seclusa comb. nov. (Araneae: Filistatidae)

Yuri M. Marusik, Sergei Zonstein

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Filistata seclusa O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1885, a species described from Himalayas was thought to be based on immature specimens. The study of one of the syntypes revealed that it is an adult female, which is selected as the lectotype and re-described. Somatic and endogyne morphology indicate that this species belongs to PholcoidesRoewer, 1960, a genus known only from two species from Afghanistan (P. afghanaRoewer, 1960) and adjacent Tajikistan (P. monticola (Spassky, 1941)). Therefore, a new combination is proposed for the species: Pholcoides seclusa (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1885) comb. nov. Comparative figures are given for all three species as well as a map of distribution of the genus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalArachnologische Mitteilungen
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Afghanistan
  • Aranei
  • Filistata
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Prithinae
  • Tajikistan
  • Xinjiang


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