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Nesticus baeticus sp. n., a new troglobitic spider species from south-west Europe (Araneae, Nesticidae)

Author(s): Carles Ribera | Alberto López-Pancorbo

Journal: ZooKeys
ISSN 1313-2989

Volume: 89;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Arachnida | Nesticidae | caves | description | new species | taxonomy | Iberian Peninsula | Mediterranean basin

A new troglobitic species, Nesticus baeticus sp. n. (♂♀), inhabiting the karst landscapes of the high part of the Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park (NE Jaén, Spain) where it has been found in 8 caves is diagnosed and described, its distribution and habitat are also analyzed. The new species belongs to the Iberian species group that includes N. luquei, N. lusitanicus and N. murgis. Evolutionary relationships of the Iberian Nesticus species are discussed on the basis of morphological and molecular data (cox1 and rrnL).
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