Two new cave-dwelling spider species from the Moroccan High Atlas (Araneae: Liocranidae, Theridiidae)

  title={Two new cave-dwelling spider species from the Moroccan High Atlas (Araneae: Liocranidae, Theridiidae)},
  author={Sylvain Lecigne and Josiane Lips and Soumia Moutaouakil and Pierre Oger},
  journal={Arachnologische Mitteilungen: Arachnology Letters [Note: Arachnology Letters is the subtitle]},
  pages={12 - 18}
  • Sylvain Lecigne, J. Lips, P. Oger
  • Published 25 September 2020
  • Biology
  • Arachnologische Mitteilungen: Arachnology Letters [Note: Arachnology Letters is the subtitle]
Abstract. During a scientific internship in a mountainous area near Agadir, several caves were prospected; the sampled material included several spider species. Morphological and taxonomical analysis revealed two new species to science: an anophthalmic troglobiont species, Agraecina agadirensis spec. nov. (description based on three females) and a new member of the genus Steatoda in the Mediterranean region, Steatoda ifricola spec. nov. (description based on both sexes). Diagnoses, drawings and… 
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