Plexippus "clemens" in: Wesolowska, van Harten 2007 = Plexippus tectonicus Prószynski, 2003 (similar forms require revision : Plexippus clemens from Israel Pl. clemens from Yemen, P. similis from Yemen) No 0000 Yemen [See color phot] [See drawings P. clemens]
1. Male P. tectonicus in Proszynski 2003a a "flag" of long setae on pedipalpal femur. round white spot on thorax
A "flag" of long setae on pedipalpal femur is not shown, descriptions by Wesolowska mentions only "long, spatulate hairs" which judging from the fig. 168 are not the same as a "flag" in Proszynskis fig 581. White thoracal spot diamond shaped Details of pedipalpal hairs (a flag?) on photographs are inconclusive How we do know that male depicted by Wesolowska is conspecific with female of P. clemens? The only drawings of female P. clemens available in the literature 3. P. similis Wesolowska, van Harten 1994 <=========> 1. P. clemens in Prószynski 1984c and 2003a (occuring together with the above male) <=============> O. P.-C. coll. in Oxford and from Algeria (Bosmans coll.)-
1.Plexippus tectonicus. Are these females conspecific? "Attus devorans ... Palestine" (labelled so in the O. P.-Cambridge coll. in Oxford), in Proszynski 1984c: 85 and 2003a (left), on the right P. tectonicus from Israel occuring together with male
See phot of comparable epigynum
Answer by J. Proszynski (March, 2007). The drawings above are the only available now in the World's literature. Apparently insufficient for final conclusions on synonymy, and even on identity of particular species. We need revision of ALL species occuring in the area, documented by detailed drawings, made in a comparable way, and by photographs.
4. Possibly conspecific: Plexippus yinae Peng X. J., Li S. Q. 2003b.from Yunnan
Source: 1. Original drawings by J. Proszynski of specimens from the O. P.-C. collection, first published Proszynski 1984c: 85. Also: Proszynski. Salticidae of Levant. Annales zoologici. 2003a: 142, f 592-593, 736-737. With Author's and Editor's permission.
2. Wesolowska W., van Harten A. 1994. The jumping spiders (Salticidae, Araneae) of Yemen. Yemeni-German Plant Protection Project, P.O.Box 26, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen, : 72, f 147-149. By courtesy.
3. Wesolowska W., van Harten A. 2007. Additions to the knowledge of the jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) of Yemen. Fauna of Arabia, 23: 58-56, f 165-168, phots 33-36. By courtesy.