Agorius

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Agorius
Agorius.constrictus.simon.svg
Agorius constrictus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Salticidae
Genus: Agorius
Thorell, 1877[1]
Type species
Agorius gracilipes
Thorell, 1877
Species

See text.

Diversity
12 species

Agorius is a genus of spiders in the family Salticidae (jumping spiders). The genera Agorius and Synagelides (and perhaps Pseudosynagelides) are sometimes separated as a genus group, called subfamily Agoriinae Simon, 1901.[2]

History[edit]

Agorius was first described by Tamerlan Thorell in 1877.[1] No new species were described for about one hundred years, with seven new species found in the twenty-first century. Undescribed species have been found in Malaysia and Sabah.[3] Several more species have been found but not yet described.[4]

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.[3]

A. borneensis, A. formicinus, A. saaristoi and A. semirufus are only known from male specimens; A. cinctus, A. gracilipes and A. marieae are only known from a female.[1]

Species[edit]

As of April 2017, there are 12 species in the genus.[1]:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Gen. Agorius Thorell, 1877", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 25 April 2017 
  2. ^ Szűts, T. (2003). "New species of Agorius Thorell, 1877 (Araneae: Salticidae) from New Guinea" (PDF). Acta Zoologica Hungarica. 49 (1): 61–69. 
  3. ^ a b Murphy, Frances; Murphy, John (2000). An Introduction to the Spiders of South East Asia. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Nature Society. p. 303. 
  4. ^ Proszynski, J. (1997). "Genus Agorius - Provisional Notes". Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 

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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