Agorius

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Agorius
Agorius.constrictus.simon.svg
Agorius constrictus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Section: Dionycha
Superfamily: Salticoidea
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Agoriinae
Tribe: Agoriini
Genus: Agorius
Thorell, 1877
Series: Entelegynae
Type species
Agorius gracilipes
Thorell, 1877
Species

see text

Diversity
7 species

Agorius is a genus of the spider family Salticidae (jumping spiders).

Undescribed species have been found in Malaysia and Sabah.[1] No new species were described for about one hundred years, with two new species found in the early 2000s.

The genera Agorius and Synagelides (and perhaps Pseudosynagelides) are sometimes separated as a genus group, called subfamily Agoriinae Simon, 1901.[2] Several more species have been found but not yet described.[3]

Description[edit]

Both sexes are about six to eight mm long. Agorius is similar to Myrmarachne another good ant mimic, but can be distinguished from it by having no large, forward-pointing chelicerae, and is not found on vegetation above the ground, but only in rain forest leaf litter.[1]

A. borneensis, A. formicinus and A. semirufus are only known from male specimens, A. cinctus and A. gracilipes only from a female.[4]

Species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murphy & Murphy 2000: 303
  2. ^ Szűts, 2003
  3. ^ J. Proszynski: Provisional notes on genus Agorius
  4. ^ Platnick 2007
  • Murphy, Frances & Murphy, John (2000): An Introduction to the Spiders of South East Asia. Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Szűts, T. (2003). New species of Agorius Thorell, 1877 (Araneae: Salticidae) from New Guinea. Acta Zoologica Hungarica 49(1): 61-69.] PDF
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2007): The world spider catalog, version 8.0. American Museum of Natural History.

Further reading[edit]

  • Edmunds, M. & Prószynski, J (2001): New species of Malaysian Agorius and Sobasina (Araneae: Salticidae). Bull. Br. arachnol. Soc. 12: 139-143.

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