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TAXONOMIC SURVEY OF THE GENERA EUOPHRYS, PSEUDEUOPHRYS AND TALAVERA, WITH DESCRIPTION OF EUOCHIN GEN. N. (ARANEAE: SALTICIDAE) AND WITH PROPOSALS OF A NEW RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Jerzy Prószyński, Jørgen Lissner, Michael Schäfer

Abstract


The paper presents comparison of main diagnostic characters of all recognizable species of genera Euophrys C.L. Koch, 1834, Pseudeuophrys Dahl, 1912 and Talavera Peckham & Peckham, 1909, also delimiting new genus Euochin from China. All that purports to illustrate the current state of classification suggests progress and improvements. Discussed postulates include adding color macrophotograps of live specimens to the routine tools of research, and routine use of precisely documented palps and internal structures of epigyne. Implementation of the above will require change of research protocol of all Salticidae, the conclusions drawn are applicable to studies of other families of spiders.

 New taxa described.
Gen. Euochin gen. n.
Subgroup of genera EUOPHRYEAE new.

Nomenclatorical corrections documented

Euophrys monadnock: Edwards, 1980: 12 (S, in part). = Euophrys nearctica Kaston, 1938c (removal from synonymy, documented - Figs 12B-C with E, as well as relevant facsimiles Figs 32-33).

Icius hamatus (C. L. Koch, 1846) (one of synonyms reinstated, female only) = Euophrys altera (Simon, 1868).
Euophrys talassica Logunov, 1997 = Pseudeuophrys talassica (Logunov, 1997) - comb. n.,
Euophrys vittata Caporiacco, 1935 - reinstated from "nomen dubium" to "pending revision" status.
Talavera petrensis (C. L. Koch, 1837) = Euophrys petrensis C. L. Koch, 1837 (reinstated original combination).

Overdue nomenclatorical corrections:
Ballognatha typica Caporiacco, 1935 - nomen dubium,
Ballognatha Caporiacco, 1935 - nomen dubium,
Ballognathine Caporiacco, 1935 - nomen dubium.

Keywords


taxonomy; Euochin gen. n.;Euophrys; Pseudeuophrys; Talavera; EUOPHRYINES; EUOPHRYEAE; subgroup of genera'; Salticidae; jumping spiders; Palaearctics; China; North America; Africa; research protocol.

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