Phantom spiders: notes on dubious spider species from Europe

  title={Phantom spiders: notes on dubious spider species from Europe},
  author={Rainer Breitling and Martin Lemke and Tobias Bauer and Michael Hohner and Arno Grabolle and Theo Blick},
A surprisingly large number of European spider species have never been reliably rediscovered since their first description many decades ago. Most of these are probably synonymous with other species or unidentifiable, due to insufficient descriptions or missing type material. Here we discuss about 50 of these cases, declare some names as nomina dubia and establish the following new or re-confirmed synonymies: Agelena mengeella Strand, 1942 = Allagelena gracilens (C. L. Koch, 1841) syn. conf… 

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