Phyxelida anatolica Griswold, 1990,

Zonstein, Sergei, Marusik, Yuri & Omelko, Mikhail, 2015, A survey of spider taxa new to Israel (Arachnida: Araneae), Zoology in the Middle East 61 (4), pp. 372-385: 379-380

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http://doi.org/ 10.1080/09397140.2015.1095525

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Phyxelida anatolica Griswold, 1990
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Phyxelida anatolica Griswold, 1990  ( Figure 4View Figure 4)

Phyxelida anatolica Griswold, 1990  : 167, f. 90c ‒d (♀); Thaler & Knoflach, 1998: 36, f. 1‒16, 18‒23 (♂♀).

Material. ISRAEL: Mt. Meron area, Ziv’on. 773 m, 33°02’N 35°25’E, 16.iv.2005 (A. Timm & T. Assmann) ‒ 1♂ ( TAU)GoogleMaps  ; Carmel Ridge, Shuni Park 1 km N Binyamina , 32°32’N 34°57’E, 60 m, 27.xii.2010 (YM) ‒ 1♀ ( ZMMU)GoogleMaps  .

Comment. Phyxelida anatolica  is the only species of the entire family known from the Palaearctic. Although it is somatically rather similar to Mesiotelus Simon, 1897  ( Liocranidae  ) and some other genera of other families, it can be easily recognised by having a cribellum, a calamistrum and light colouration. It differs from the cribellate family Titanoecidae  by its light colouration (Israeli Titanoecidae  are black). It differs from the cribellate Dictynidae  by its larger size (over 4 mm). This species differs from other cribellate spiders occurring in Israel, such as Zoropsis  , Uloboridae  and Oecobius  , by habitus. Here, we only provide a figure of the female because the males are easily distinguished from other cribellates by the palp. Until recently, P. anatolica  was known from two localities, Cyprus and Antakya, in Southern Turkey (type locality). This species is a new record for Israel. The record from Ziv’on is the easternmost in the entire range, and the record from Shuni Park is the southernmost locality of the species.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv University

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ZMMU