A survey of the spider family Nesticidae (Arachnida, Araneae) in Asia and Madagascar, with the descr

Yucheng Lin1,2, Francesco Ballarin3, Shuqiang Li2,3
1 Key Laboratory of Bio-resources and College of Eco-environment (Ministry of Education), College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064, China
2 Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China
3 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China

Corresponding author: Shuqiang Li (lisq@ioz.ac.cn)

PubYear : 2016
Volume : 627
Publication Name : ZooKeys
Page number : 1-168


Forty-three new species of Nesticidae are described from China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Tailand, Vietnam and Madagascar, and two new junior synonyms are suggested. A new genus, Speleoticus gen. n., is described with Nesticus navicellatus Liu & Li, 2013 as the type species, and four species are transferfed from Nesticus, i.e., Speleoticus globosus (Liu & Li, 2013), comb. n., S. libo (Chen & Zhu, 2005), comb. n., S. navicellatus (Liu & Li, 2015), comb. n. and S. uenoi (Yaginuma, 1972), comb. n. Te new species described in this paper belong to four genera and are: Hamus cornutus sp. n. (♂♀), H. kangdingensis sp. n. (♂), H. luzon sp. n. (♀), H. mangunensis sp. n. (♂), Nescina kohi sp. n. (♂♀), Nesticella baiseensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. baobab sp. n. (♂), N. caeca sp. n. (♂♀), N. chongqing sp. n. (♀), N. dazhuangensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. fuliangensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. gazuida sp. n. (♀), N. gongshanensis sp. n. (♀), N. griswoldi sp. n. (♂♀), N. hongheensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. huomachongensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. jingpo sp. n. (♀), N. kaohsiungensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. lisu sp. n. (♂♀), N. liuzhaiensis sp. n. (♀), N. nandanensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. phami sp. n. (♂♀), N. potala sp. n. (♀), N. qiaoqiensis sp. n. (♀), N. qiongensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. robusta sp. n. (♂♀), N. rongtangensis sp. n. (♂), N. sanchaheensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. sulawesi sp. n. (♀), N. sumatrana sp. n. (♂), N. tibetana sp. n. (♂♀), N. vanlang sp. n. (♀), N. wanzaiensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. xiongmao sp. n. (♂♀), N. xixia sp. n. (♂♀), N. yanbeiensis sp. n. (♂♀), N. yao sp. n. (♀), N. zhiyuani sp. n. (♂♀), Pseudonesticus dafangensis sp. n. (♂♀), P. miao sp. n. (♂♀), P. spinosus sp. n. (♂♀), P. wumengensis sp. n. (♀), P. ziyunensis sp. n. (♂♀). Nesticella inthanoni (Lehtinen & Saaristo, 1980), syn. n.is synonymised with N. mollicula (Torell, 1898); N. taiwan Tso & Yoshida, 2000, syn. n. is synonymised with N. odonta (Chen, 1984). Te female of Nesticella connectens Wunderlich, 1995, so far unknown, is described and recorded from Tailand. Nesticidae are reported from Madagascar for the frst time. Nesti cella nepalensis (Hubert, 1973) is recorded for the frst time from China. Types of Nesticella odonta (Chen, 1984), N. songi Chen & Zhu, 2004 and N. yui Wunderlich & Song, 1995 are re-examined and photo graphed. Te entire genus Nesticella is reviewed, and four species groups are recognised. DNA barcodes of the new species are obtained to confrm their correct identifcations.

Nesticids, taxonomy, new taxa, cave, leaf litter