Unraveling the evolutionary history of the cave-dwelling Dysderidae in the Dinarides

@article{Pavlek2018UnravelingTE,
  title={Unraveling the evolutionary history of the cave-dwelling Dysderidae in the Dinarides},
  author={Martina Pavlek and Miquel A. Arnedo and Fulvio Gasparo and Silvia Adrian},
  journal={ARPHA Conference Abstracts},
  year={2018}
}
Because of their size, abundance and active predatory lifestyle, spiders of the family Dysderidae are among the most conspicuous creatures in the Dinaric caves. Historically, the interest for this group dates back to 1847, to the description of the first cave spider in the world, Stalita taenaria, and peaks in the middle of 20th century with the works of Joseph Kratochvíl and Christa L. Deeleman-Reinhold among others. However, after all these years, an explicit phylogenetic hypothesis about the…