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A Revision of the New Caledonian Spider Genus Bradystichus

By Araneae Lycosoidea, Norman I. Platnick, Raymond and R. Forster


The relationships ofthe enigmatic spider family Bradystichidae Simon are reexamined on the basis of the first known males of the group. The two previously described species, both endemic to New Caledonia, have been considered members or al-lies ofgroups as disparate as the Lycosidae, Thom-isidae, and "Zodarioidea. " The tapetal structure, eye pattern, eggcase shape and carrying behavior, and male palpal morphology suggest that Brad-ystichus is a close relative not of those groups but of the pisaurid genus Dolomedes, and the family Bradystichidae is newly synonymized with Pi-sauridae. The males of B. calligaster Simon and B. crispatus Simon are newly described, as are three new species (B. aoupinie, B. panie, and B. tandji) from northem New Caledonia

Year: 1993
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