Cantikus Huber

Huber, Bernhard A., Eberle, Jonas & Dimitrov, Dimitar, 2018, The phylogeny of pholcid spiders: a critical evaluation of relationships suggested by molecular data (Araneae, Pholcidae), ZooKeys 789, pp. 51-101: 87

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Cantikus Huber

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Cantikus Huber  gen. n.

Pholcus halabala  group: Huber 2011a: 126. Huber et al. 2016a: 3.

Pholcus quinquenotatus  group: Huber 2011a: 290.

Type species.

Pholcus halabala  Huber, 2016.


The name is derived from the Malay word cantik (beautiful), and refers to the colour patterns on the abdomen of several species. Gender masculine.


(adapted from Huber et al. 2016a): The core group of eight species (see below) includes medium-sized, long-legged spiders (body length ~3-4, male leg 1 length ~30-40); distinguished from other genera in Pholcinae  by the combination of the following characters: elongate abdomen pointed dorso-posteriorly, with distinctive dorsal pattern of black and whitish or yellowish marks in life specimens ( Huber et al. 2016a: figs 1-16); eight eyes; male ocular area with conspicuous modified hairs (setae), which may appear as stiff bristles or stout curved spines, or both ( Huber et al. 2016a: figs 19, 23, 43); male chelicerae with proximal and distal apophyses, distal apophyses with two cone-shaped teeth (modified hairs) each ( Huber et al. 2016a: fig. 28); male bulb with uncus and appendix; procursus with distinctive dorsal flap ( Huber et al. 2016a: fig. 35; absent in C. erawan  ); epigynum weakly sclerotized, with ‘knob’.


Widely distributed in Southeast Asia, from Myanmar and southern China to Sumatra, Borneo, and Bali.


27 species, all newly transferred from Pholcus  : C. anaiensis  (Yao & Li, 2016); C. erawan  (Huber, 2011); C. halabala  (Huber, 2011); C. lintang  (Huber, 2016); C. sabah  (Huber, 2011); C. sepaku  (Huber, 2011); C. ubin  (Huber, 2016); C. zhuchuandiani  (Yao & Li, 2016).

Assigned tentatively. C. ballarini  (Yao & Li, 2016); C. cheni  (Yao & Li, 2017); C. chiangmaiensis  (Yao & Li, 2016); C. elongatus  (Yin & Wang, 1981); C. exceptus  (Tong & Li, 2009); C. gou  (Yao & Li, 2016); C. khaolek  (Huber, 2016); C. kuhapimuk  (Huber, 2016); C. namou  (Huber, 2011); C. pakse  (Huber, 2011); C. phami  (Yao, Pham & Li, 2015); C. pyu  (Huber, 2011); C. quinquenotatus  (Thorell, 1878); C. subwan  (Yao & Li, 2017); C. sudhami  (Huber, 2011); C. taptaoensis  (Yao & Li, 2016); C. tharnlodensis  (Yao & Li, 2016); C. wan  (Yao & Li, 2016); C. youngae  (Huber, 2011).