RECORDED FROM MADAGASCAR
complete synonymies and references at Platnick, N. I. 2003. The world spider catalog, version 3.5. American Museum of Natural History, online at:
In progress, version June 2003
As with many other groups of plants and animals, the spider fauna of Madagascar is most interesting to a biologist.There is a high degree of endemism and the faunal composition is quite different from that in other parts of the world. For instance, the family Halidae is restricted to Madagascar, and Gallieniellidae is largely restricted to this island. Migidae has an endemic subfamily, and Pisauridae (fishing spiders), Heteropodidae (giant crab spiders) and Zorocratidae are very well represented. The family Thomisidae has many endemic genera. Archaeidae are best represented here, as well as having the largest species here.
The classification follows PLATNICK, N.I. 1997. Advances in spider taxonomy, 1992-1995: with redescriptions 1940-1980. New York Entomological Society, 976 pp., except where it is modified to reflect the changes suggested in GRISWOLD, C.E., J.A. CODDINGTON, N. PLATNICK, and R. FORSTER. 1999. Towards a phylogeny of entelegyne spiders (Araneae, Araneomorphae, Entelegynae). J. Arachnol., 27:53-63.Below is a list of species known to occur in Madagascar, although certainly with additional collecting further species will be added to this list. A name in parentheses preceded by an equal sign represents a junior synonym. Not all original descriptions have been consulted yet.
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Last updated June 2003