A radiation of the ornate Caribbean ‘smiley-faced spiders’, with descriptions of 15 new species (Araneae: Theridiidae, Spintharus)

@article{Agnarsson2018ARO,
  title={A radiation of the ornate Caribbean ‘smiley-faced spiders’, with descriptions of 15 new species (Araneae: Theridiidae, Spintharus)},
  author={I. Agnarsson and C. V. Patten and L. Sargeant and Ben Chomitz and Austin Dziki and G. Binford},
  journal={Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society},
  year={2018},
  volume={182},
  pages={758-790}
}
Although the Caribbean region is recognized as a major biodiversity hotspot, many megadiverse groups remain taxonomically understudied. The ornate spiders of the genus Spintharus Hentz, 1850 (Theridiidae, Araneae) are a good example where taxonomic boundaries have remained unclear. The genus shows profuse habitus and genitalic variation in the Caribbean and has distinct colour patterns that rapidly degrade in ethanol. The leading theridiid taxonomist of the last six decades (Herbert W. Levi… Expand
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