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Monograph of the Salticidae (Araneae) of the World 1995-2015. Introduction to alternative classification of Salticidae
Classification of the Salticidae genera of the World
group of genera
MYRMARACHNINES
by Jerzy Prószyński

Version December 31st, 2015
Note on illustrations. This introduction to classification of Salticidae includes only species defined by diagnostic illustrations in the taxonomic literature, arranged by similarities of embolus and spermophor. Images are displayed as thumbnails to save space and allow for rapid scanning of theoretically closely-related species. Thumbnails are small versions of illustrations in other parts of the monograph, whera are displayed together with particulars of their sources and permissions.

Gen. Myrmele Prószyński, 2016 gen. n. (4 species)

Myrmarachne electrica group of species Wanless 1978a.
Type species Myrmarachne electrica Wanless 1978a from Madagascar.

ETYMOLOGY. Name combines words "Myrmarachne" and "electrica", grammar gender assumed female.

Diagnosis. Anterior part of "pipes-like" sclerotized spermathecae resembling these in Myrmavola by single loop of anterior detour of "pipes", but differs strikingly by strange, double spiral structures, in membranous parts attached to the proximal ends of spermathecae (but located in posterior epigyne!), being presumably modified copulatory ducts. Palps with round bulbus, spermophor without additional thin duct, distal part of embolus filamentous. Chelicerae in males moderately enlarged, with basal ventral lobe, dorsally flat. Body elongate in various degree and relatively flat, constrictions weakly developed. This diagnosis agrees with Wanless definition of Myrmarachne electrica group of species from Madagascar by "coiled distal seminal ducts and median pouch [pocket]" in females, in males by "filamentous distal embolus". Drawings below are integral part of the definition.

Note on genera relationships. Imprecise drawings hamper drawing final conclusion on relationships of genera Myrmele and Myrmavola, While this paper rearranges genera of MYRMARACHNINES by structure of spermathecae and ducts, Wanless (1978: 106) confirms similarity of females of M. longiventris and M. peckhami, which, incidentally, he has found in the same vial). Further research may necessitate revival of Bizonella.
Remarks. "Myrmarachne" eumenes (Simon, 1900) is standing out by body shape, with enormous long pedicel and constriction of carapace and abdomen, however shape of spermathecae fits definition of Myrmavola - see Wanless (1978a, Fig. 73), its placement pending further considerations and leave uncertain "Myrmarachne" longiventris (Simon, 1903) (the latest being type species of the genus Bizonenella Strand, 1929 (= Bizone Simon, 1903), deserving reinstatement).

Composition. The following species are transferred from genus Myrmarachne MacLeay, 1839: Myrmele andringitra (Wanless,1978) comb. n., M. eugenei (Wanless, 1978) comb. n., M. electrica (Peckham & Peckham, 1892) comb. n., M. peckhami (Roewer, 1951) comb. n.

REFERENCES. Wanless F.R. 1978a. Vol. 33. N. 1. P. 115-121. Figs 75-77, 79-80.

b)
Myrmele eugenei +b) peckhami [both comb. n. syn. n. Myrmarachne e & p.] :Wanless 1978a. 33, (1): 115-117, figs 75a-g, 76 a-e, + b) 119-121, ff. 79A-I, 80A-E. By courtesy.
b)c)d)
Myrmele andringitra+b) electrica [both comb. n. Myrmarachne a. & e.] +c) longiventris [placement tentative]+d) eumenes [placement tentative] : Wanless, 1978:117, f 77A-D, 76 a-e, + b) 33, (1): figs 78A-F +c) 105-106, figs 66A, F, I, 67B-C. By courtesy.