Prodidomus rufus Hentz, 1847

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: 380-381

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Prodidomus rufus Hentz, 1847


Prodidomus rufus Hentz, 1847  

Prodidomus rufus: Platnick & Baehr, 2006  : 13, f. 24‒28 (♂♀)

For a complete synonym listing and references, see the World Spider Catalog (2015). Material. ISRAEL: Arava Valley (north part), Nahal Shezaf 5 km S Hazeva , - 120 m, 30°43’N, 35°16’E, 28.iii.2011 (SZ) ‒ 1♀ ( TAU GoogleMaps   ); Western Negev, Izuz , 320 m, 30°36’N 34°42’E, 7.ii.2013 (SZ) ‒ 1♂ 1♀ ( TAU) GoogleMaps   .

Comments. This is the type species of the genus and the most widespread species of the family. Although it has a broad distribution and is known from China, Japan, New Caledonia, USA, Cuba, Argentina, Chile and St. Helena ( WSC, 2015), it was not previously reported from the Western Palaearctic. Prodidomus rufus   is a new record for Israel and the entire Mediterranean region. Compared with the figures of P. hispanicus Dalmas, 1919   ( Pérez & Blasco, 1986: figs 8-9) known from the Iberian Peninsula, this species can be a junior synonym of P. rufus   .


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