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Sistematics of the subfamily Sparianthinae Simon (Arachnida, Araneae, Sparassidae), with emphasis on the Neotropical genera

Grant number: 15/18982-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: June 01, 2016 - May 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Cristina Anne Rheims
Grantee:Cristina Anne Rheims
Home Institution: Instituto Butantan. Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Currently, Sparassidae includes 1150 species in 83 genera distributed worldwide. Based on the suprageneric classification proposed by Simon and results of a recent cladistic analysis the family is divided into ten subfamilies (Chrosioderminae, Clastinae, Deleninae, Eusparassinae, Heteropodinae, Palystinae, Polybetinae, Sparassinae, Sparianthinae and Staianeinae). Of these, five include genera with Neotropical distribution (Eusparassinae, Heteropodinae, Polybetinae, Sparassinae and Sparianthinae). Over the past decade Eusparassinae, Heteropodinae, Polybetinae and Sparassinae were intensely studied, with most Neotropical genera revised or newly described. Sparianthinae however, still needs attention. The subfamily currently includes 14 genera, of which five are exclusively Neotropical (Decaphora Franganillo, Defectrix Petrunkevitch, Pseudosparianthis Simon, Sparianthis Simon and Uaiuara Rheims) and one has wider distribution range, but includes Neotropical species (Stasina Simon). Of these only Decaphora and Uaiuara were recently revised. This project represents another step towards the understanding of the systematics of the family Sparassidae in the Neotropical region and aims to expand the knowledge on the systematics of Sparianthinae revising and describing genera within a phylogenetic context, testing their monophyly and relocating the species based on the most parsimonious trees. (AU)

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RHEIMS, CRISTINA A. The Neotropical genera Guadana Rheims, 2010 and Sparianthina Banks, 1929 (Araneae: Sparassidae: Heteropodinae). Zootaxa, v. 5061, n. 3, p. 401-431, NOV 5 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RODRIGUES, BRUNO V. B.; RHEIMS, CRISTINA A. Phylogenetic analysis of the subfamily Prodidominae (Arachnida: Araneae: Gnaphosidae). ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 190, n. 2, p. 654-708, OCT 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
RODRIGUES, BRUNO V. B.; RHEIMS, CRISTINA A. An overview of the African genera of Prodidominae spiders: descriptions and remarks (Araneae: Gnaphosidae). Zootaxa, v. 4799, n. 1, p. 1-80, JUN 16 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RHEIMS, CRISTINA A. Extraordinarius gen. nov., a new genus of Sparianthinae spiders (Araneae: Sparassidae) from southeastern Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4674, n. 1, p. 83-99, SEP 23 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RHEIMS, CRISTINA ANNE. On the huntsman spider genus Vindullus Simon, 1880 (Araneae: Sparassidae). Zootaxa, v. 4544, n. 4, p. 572-580, JAN 15 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SANTOS, FABRICIO H.; RHEIMS, CRISTINA A. Taxonomic revision of the genus Gephyrellula Strand, 1932 (Arachnida, Araneae, Philodromidae). Zootaxa, v. 4527, n. 3, p. 381-391, DEC 6 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
GALVIS, WILLIAM; RHEIMS, CRISTINA ANNE. New species of Anaptomecus Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Sparassidae) from Colombia, with an identification key for all known species of the genus. Zootaxa, v. 4521, n. 2, p. 294-300, NOV 14 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RODRIGUES, BRUNO V. B.; CIZAUSKAS, IGOR; RHEIMS, CRISTINA A. Description of Paracymbiomma gen. nov., a new genus of prodidomid spiders from the Neotropical region (Araneae: Prodidomidae) including a new troglobite species. Zootaxa, v. 4514, n. 3, p. 301-331, NOV 8 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
PINTO, ELAINE CRISTINA; RHEIMS, CRISTINA ANNE. A new genus of Neotropical spiders of the family Sparassidae (Arachnida: Araneae). Zoologia, v. 33, n. 6 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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