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Revision and cladistic analysis of the Neotropical spider genus Tafana Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Anyphaenidae, Anyphaeninae)

Grant number: 15/13815-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Antonio Domingos Brescovit
Grantee:Luiz Fernando Moura de Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Anyphaenidae comprises 56 genera and 525 species and includes small to medium sized spiders, inhabiting a great diversity of environments. Anyphaenidae is currently divided into Malenellinae, Amaurobioidinae and Anyphaeninae this latter caracterized by the chelicerae with more of the four denticles at retromarginal, tracheal spiracle in the middle of the abdomen or between the middle of abdomen and the epigastric furrow. The subfamily Anyphaeninae comprises 33 genera and 346 species in the Neotropical region, within which stand out the Aysha group, caracterized by having an character important as embolic process at the base of the embolus. Among these genera chose review the species of the genus Tafana Simon, which species are distributed so far in the North of the South America, in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colômbia and Peru. This genus comprises four species described, is diagnosed by the present embolar process basal distinct, and with ventral tegular process distal in the male palp, and epigynum of the female with atrium in shape of "T", with the anterior border esclerotized.

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DE OLIVEIRA, LUIZ FERNANDO M.; BRESCOVIT, ANTONIO DOMINGOS. Taxonomic revision and cladistic analysis of ghost spiders of the genus Tafana Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Dionycha, Anyphaenidae), with the descriptions of twelve new species. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF TAXONOMY, v. 742, p. 1-77, MAR 31 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
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OLIVEIRA, Luiz Fernando Moura de. Review and cladistic analysis of the Neotropical spider genus Tafana Simon, 1903 (Araneae, Anyphaenidae, Anyphaeninae). 2017. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências (IBIOC/SB) São Paulo.

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