Shuqiang Li

Shuqiang Li
Chinese Academy of Sciences | CAS · Institute of Zoology

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Introduction
Research in my laboratory seeks to understand how geological events (e.g. Tethyan changes and Qinghai‐Tibet Plateau uplifting) influence the diversification of species and phenotypes and how, in turn, animals adapt to ecological changes. We address these questions using a combination of fieldwork, morphological taxonomy, molecular systematics, and phylogenomics. Details see the webiste - http://english.anisys.ioz.cas.cn/groups/lishuqiang/overview/
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November 1998 - present
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Principal Investigator
July 1988 - present
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Faculty Member
Education
July 1992 - November 1998
University of Hohenhein
Field of study
  • Biology

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Publications (470)
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Evolutionary biology has long been concerned with how changing environments affect and drive the spatiotemporal development of organisms. Coelotine spiders (Agelenidae: Coelotinae) are common species in the temperate and subtropical areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Their long evolutionary history and the extremely imbalanced distribution of specie...
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Current theory predicts that a shift to a new habitat would increase the rate of diversification, while as lineages evolve into multiple species, intensified competition would decrease the rate of diversification. We used Holarctic amphipods of the genus Gammarus to test this hypothesis. We sequenced four genes (5,088 bp) for 289 samples representi...
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Stedocys spitting spiders (Araneae: Scytodidae) inhabit subterranean environments and have poor dispersal abilities. The Cenozoic Indian–Eurasian collision affected the regional biota of this genus, which occurs in parts of Indochina. Phylogeographical pattern of Stedocys based on multigene DNA sequence datasets reveals how tectonic history drove f...
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The dispersal of modern humans from their African origins to the rest of the occupied world is a topic of lively debate centering principally on single versus multiple dispersals. The Mediterranean recluse spider Loxosceles rufescens, a significant pest, has gained much of its current distribution through commensalism with humans. Therefore, the ma...
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Edelithus gen. nov. is described based on the discovery and description of two new species from Xishuang-banna, Yunnan Province, China: E. puer sp. nov. and E. shenmiguo sp. nov. Both species are described in detail and illustrated. Types are deposited in the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IZCAS) in Beijing, China.
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One new genus and eight new species from Xishuangbanna, China are described and diagnosed: Bocusoides zhaoi gen. and sp. nov., Euochin mii sp. nov. (♂♀), E. tangi sp. nov. (♀), Eupoa logunovi sp. nov. (♂♀), Indomarengo wengnan sp. nov. (♀), Laufeia zhangae sp. nov. (♂♀), Simaetha huigang sp. nov. (♂♀), and Synagelides cheni sp. nov. (♀). The unknow...
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EDITORIAL Positioning taxonomic research for the future Why do taxonomists matter? The work of taxonomists is often understated if not completely misunderstood. Without taxonomists, organisms cannot be accurately identified, neither can these organisms be given universally accepted names, and reliably positioned in the phylogenetic tree of life. Th...
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Five new genera are reported, namely Rathalos Lin & Li, gen. nov., of Anyphaenidae Simon, 1892, with Anyphaena xiushanensis Song & Zhu, 1991 (♂♀, China: Hubei, Sichuan) as the type species, Funny Lin & Li, gen. nov., of Dictynidae O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1871, with Funny valentine Lin & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀, China: Sichuan) as the type species, Pararana...
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The Cenozoic Indian-Eurasian collision and uplift of the Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau (HTP) are among the most important geological events in the world. They have affected the diversification of regional biota of many taxonomic groups on and around the HTP. However, the exact timing and model of the collision and uplift events and speciation on and ar...
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Amauropelma Raven, Stumkat & Gray, 2001 currently contains 24 species. It is distributed in Australia, India, Indonesia, Laos and Malaysia. This genus has not been found in China. Ctenus Walckenaer, 1805 comprises 213 known species. This genus is distributed worldwide. Currently, only two species, Ctenus lishuqiang Jäger, 2012 and Ctenus yaeyamensi...
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Troglomorphism is rare known in Mygalomorphae. Only three troglomorphic mygalomorphs have been recorded in China: Raveniola beelzebub Lin & Li, 2020, R. lamia Yu & Zhang, 2021 and Sinopesa gollum Lin & Li, 2021. A new troglobiontic species of the genus Raveniola is described from China: R. yangren sp. n. (female) from Hunan. Photos and morphologica...
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Europe covers approximately 10.18 million km2 in western Eurasia, while China covers about 9.6 million km2 in the east. Due to their relative positions to each other and similar land areas, spider species richness in Europe and China is comparable (Li, 2020). Indeed, Europe contains a total of 5 441 species in 727 genera from 63 spider families (Ne...
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The gnaphosid genus Xizangia Song, Zhu & Zhang, 2004 was described to house Callilepis linzhiensis Hu, 2001 (the type species) and a new species, Xizangia rigaze Song, Zhu & Zhang, 2004. They also synonymized Scotophaeus himalayaensis Hu, 2001 with the newly combined taxon Xizangia linzhiensis. The World Spider Catalog (2022) considers these two ta...
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The holotypes of Phrynarachne bimaculata Thorell, 1895 and Phrynarachne papulata aspera Thorell, 1895 from Myanmar are described, with P. papulata aspera being raised to species level, creating the new status Phrynarachne aspera stat. nov. Discussion on these specimens, which are fragmented, and the need for fresh topotypic material to be collected...
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The biography of Dr Yuri Mikhailovich Marusik is presented, and his scientific life illuminated on the occasion of his 60 th birthday. Yuri is a renowned specialist of spiders. He has described 718 new species, 57 new genera, and two new subfamilies of order Araneae. Twenty-five species and one genus have been dedicated to him. Facts and impression...
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Three new genera and 46 new species of phrurolithid spiders (Araneae, Phrurolithidae) are described from Jiangxi Province, southern China. These results support our hypothesis that a large percentage of China’s species remain unknown (Li, 2020).
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A new species, Gammarus hoboksar Hou, sp. nov., is described from the Irtysh River basin of Xinjiang, China. The species differs morphologically from its congeners by calceoli of antenna II absent; merus and carpus of pereopods III–IV with short setae; inner ramus of uropod III about 0.79 times the length of outer ramus, terminal article of outer r...
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Background: Haplocosmia Schmidt & von Wirth, 1996 is a small genus distributed in the Himalayas that includes two species. This genus has not been found in China (Li et al. 2021, Yao et al. 2021, Zhao et al. 2022). New information: A new species of the genus Haplocosmia is described from China: Haplocosmiasherwoodae sp. n. from Tibet. Photos and...
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Climate changes have substantial impacts on the geographic distribution of montane lakes and evolutionary dynamics of cold‐adapted species. Past climate cooling is hypothesized to have promoted the dispersal of cold‐adapted species via montane lakes, while future climate warming is thought to constrain their distributions. We test this hypothesis b...
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Spiders are the most abundant venomous predators in the world. Previous research related to spider venom has mostly relied on transcriptomes and proteomes, with only a few high‐quality genomes available. This is far from consistent with the species diversity of spiders. In this study, we constructed a high‐quality chromosome‐level genome assembly o...
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Four new species of the genus Phrynarachne Thorell, 1869 from China are described: P. dreepy Lin & S. Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), P. xuxiake Lin & S. Li, sp. nov. (♀), P. yunhui Lin & S. Li, sp. nov. (♀), and P. zhengzhongi Lin & S. Li, sp. nov. (♀). The unknown sexes of P. brevis Tang & S. Li, 2010 (♂), P. huangshanensis Li et al., 1985 (♀), P. lancea Tang...
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The genus Cyclocosmia Ausserer, 1871 of the spider family Halonoproctidae Pocock, 1901 includes ten known species from North America and Asia. Since Cyclocosmia ricketti was described by Pocock in 1901, no males of this species have ever been reported. The male of Cyclocosmia ricketti is described for the first time, based on a specimen collected n...
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The spider family Pholcidae C.L. Koch, 1850 exhibits high diversity at generic level and currently contains 95 genera while the subfamily Arteminae Simon, 1893 contains only eight genera. In this study, a new genus, Changminia Yao & Li gen. nov. from karst caves in Southeast Asia, is described and assigned to Arteminae, with the type species Changm...
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Two new species of the genus Sinamma Lin & Li, 2014, Sinamma quadrata Tong & Li, sp. nov. (male, female) and Sinamma yingae Tong & Li, sp. nov. (male, female) are described from Guangdong, China. The geographic distribution of the genus is updated and a key to all known species is provided.
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Two new species of the genus Chilobrachys Karsh, 1892 are described from China: Chilobrachys dominus Lin & Li, sp. nov. from Yunnan and C. jinchengi Lin & Li, sp. nov. from Tibet. Photos and a morphological description of the new species are given. The type specimens of the new species are deposited in the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy (IZC...
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Twenty new species of extinct spiders belonging to 11 genera in five families from Late Cretaceous Kachin amber are reported. One new genus, Triangulum Jiang & Li, gen. nov., of the family Theridiidae Sundevall, 1833 was established with T. thutai Jiang & Li, sp. nov. as the type species. The remaining 19 new species are: Retrooecobius lwini Jiang...
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Sea-land transition caused by marine incursion and regression is hypothesized to be a major driving force in terrestrial biodiversity, providing opportunities for marine ancestors to colonize terrestrial habitats and driving vicariant speciation in distinct geographical regions. Here, we test this hypothesis in East Asia using amphipods of the Mori...
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Fourteen symphytognathid species belonging to three genera are examined, including the descriptions of eight new species and two new genera from China, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar: Patu Marples, 1951: P. catba S. Li & Lin, sp. nov. (♂, Vietnam), P. dakou S. Li & Lin, sp. nov. (♂♀, China), P. damtao S. Li & Lin, sp. nov. (♂, Vietnam), P. jiangzhou...
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Nine new species of the orb-weaver spider family Araneidae Clerck, 1757 from Menglun Town, Xishuang-banna, Yunnan, China are described: Acusilas tongi sp. nov. (♂♀), Chorizopes yui sp. nov. (♂♀), Chorizopesoides guoi sp. nov. (♂♀), Deione cheni sp. nov. (♀), D. yangi sp. nov. (♂♀), Hypsosinga pulla sp. nov. (♂♀), Mangora baii sp. nov. (♂♀), M. ceph...
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Ectatosticta spiders from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau were studied. Multilocus molecular and morphological data identified 16 putative species, including seven new species: Ectatosticta wenshu Lin & S. Li sp. nov., Ectatosticta baima Lin & S. Li sp. nov., Ectatosticta helii Lin & S. Li sp. nov., Ectatosticta shaseng Lin & S. Li sp. nov., Ectatosticta...
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Cenozoic tectonic evolution in the Tethyan region has greatly changed the landforms and environment of Eurasia, driving the evolution of animals and greatly affecting the diversity patterns of Eurasian animals. By combining the latest Tethyan paleogeographic models and some recently published Eurasian zoological studies, we systematically summarize...
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Volcano‐tectonic processes have been viewed as primary divers in the formation of present‐day diversity. Volcanos associated with mountain uplifts drives allopatric speciation through vicariance and may impact the surrounding areas like species pump or species attractor. However, the application of these hypotheses to aquatic fauna has rarely been...
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Clubionid spiders from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China are studied. A total of seven genera and 13 species have been found, including two new genera with one new species each, i.e., Ramosatidia Yu & Li, gen. nov. , with R. situ Yu & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀) as the type species and Sinostidia Yu & Li, gen. nov. , with S. shuangjiao Yu & Li, sp. nov....
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Nine new species of jumping spiders from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden are described: Euochin yaoi sp. nov. (♀♂), Laufeia banna sp. nov. (♀♂), Marengo tangi sp. nov. (♀♂), Myrmarachne liui sp. nov. (♀♂), Nandicius proszynskii sp. nov. (♂), Phintelloides pengi sp. nov. (♀♂), Poecilorchestes zhengi sp. nov. (♀♂), Rhene wandae sp. nov. (♂) a...
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Aims: The aim of this paper is to provide the 2020 tallies of new taxa of Chinese spiders, and new taxa described by Chinese arachnologists. Progresses: Firstly, based on specimens collected in China, a total of 223 new taxa were inscribed in 2020. They comprised a new subfamily, 12 new genera and 201 new species, reported by Chinese arachnologists...
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Two new species of the genus Camptoscaphiella Caporiacco, 1934 are described from Yunnan, China, i.e., C. changxu Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀) and C. linyejiei Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀). Camptoscaphiella changxu Tong & Li, sp. nov. is characterized by the long, strongly-curved setae between male paturons, which is unknown in other oonopids and in any ot...
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Five new species of the genus Macrothele Ausserer, 1871 are described from China: Macrothele emei Lin & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀, Sichuan), M. hanfeii Lin & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀, Hainan), M. hungae Lin & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀, Taiwan), M. limenghuai Lin & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀, Sichuan), and M. nanning Lin & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀, Guangxi). Types of the new species are depos...
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A new genus of Clubionidae Wagner, 1887, Femorbiona Yu & Li, gen. nov., is described, with Clubiona brachyptera Zhu & Chen, 2012 (♂♀; Hainan, China) as the type species. Three species are included in Femorbiona gen. nov.: F. brachyptera comb. nov., F. phami Yu & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀; Hai Phong, Vietnam), and F. shenzhen Yu & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀; Guangdong...
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A new genus, Paramolotra Tong & Li, gen. nov., including two new species, Paramolotra pome Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀) and Paramolotra metok Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), is described from Tibet, China. Morphological descriptions and photographic illustrations of the two new species are given.
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The monotypic genus Bucliona Benoit, 1977 (type Clubiona dubia O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1870 from Saint Helena Island), previously considered a junior synonym of Clubiona Latreille, 1804, is resurrected. Three species are assigned to the genus Bucliona: B. dubia comb. reval., B. kirilli sp. n. (♂, Kenya), and B. jucunda Karsch, 1879) comb. n., ex Club...
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A new species, Floresorchestia xueli Tong & Hou, sp. nov. is described from high altitude habitats of Yunnan, China. The species differs morphologically from its congeners by left mandible lacinia mobilis having four teeth; coxal gills complexly lobed and convoluted; epimeral plates II-III without slits; telson with one slender facial spine and two...
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Three new species belonging to genera Burmorchestina Wunderlich, 2008 (2 species) and Orchestina Simon, 1882 (1 species) of the spider family Oonopidae Simon, 1890 are described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber: Burmorchestina bo Jiang and Li sp. nov., B. gong Jiang and Li sp. nov., and Orchestina qiu Jiang and Li sp. nov. In addition, males of Bu...
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Yongxing Island (about 1.85 km ² ) is the largest island of the Xisha Islands. It is located in the Western South China Sea and belongs to the tropical ocean monsoon climate zone. Yongxing Island is quite rich in biological resources, for example, plants and birds which have been well documented. However, there are limited reports on spider resourc...
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Four new species belonging to Leptonetela Kratochvíl, 1978 and one new species belonging to Rhyssoleptoneta Tong & Li, 2007 are described from China: Leptonetela martensi spec. nov. (Guizhou; male, female), L. taixu spec. nov. (Guizhou; male, female), L. xianwu spec. nov. (Hubei; male, female), L. xinglong spec. nov. (Guizhou; male, female), and Rh...
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Three new species of the extinct spider genus †Furcembolus Wunderlich, 2008 from Late Cretaceous Burmese amber are described: Furcembolus chuandiani Jiang & Li spec. nov., F. fengzheni Jiang & Li spec. nov. and F. martensi Jiang & Li spec. nov. All types are deposited in the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China.
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Background: The genus Ischnothyreus Simon, 1893 is one of the most speciose genera of Oonopidae, with 114 extant species mainly distributed in the Old World. Currently, 16 species have been recorded in China. New information: Two species of the genus Ischnothyreus Simon, 1893 from China are recognised, including one new species, I. yunlong Tong...
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Four new species of the spider genus Ectatosticta Simon, 1892 are reported, diagnosed, described and illustrated. The new species are E. bajie sp. nov. (♂♀), E. dapeng sp. nov. (♂♀), E. rulai sp. nov. (♂♀) and E. yukuni sp. nov. (♂♀).
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Two new species of the genus Trilacuna Tong & Li, 2007, T. jinyun Tong, Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀) and T. jiuchi Tong, Zhang & Li sp. nov. (♂♀), are described from Chongqing, China. Photos of the habitus and copulatory organs are provided.
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A new genus, Sinophaena Lin & Li, gen. nov., of the spider family Anyphaenidae Bertkau, 1878 is reported, with S. xiweni Lin & Li, sp. nov. (♀) from Sichuan, China as the type species. Sinophaena bivalva (Zhang & Song, 2004) comb. nov. is transferred from Anyphaena Sundevall, 1833. Further new species reported in the current paper include: Anyphaen...
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Spiders of the genus Clubiona Latreille, 1804 from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China are studied. A total of 47 species is reported and illustrated, including 14 new species and two new synonyms. Twelve of the new species belong to four species groups: C. dengpao Yu & Li, sp. nov., C. subdidentata Yu & Li, sp. nov., C. tixing Yu & Li, sp. nov.,...
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Eight species of the genus Ischnothyreus Simon, 1893 from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China are recognized, including six new species: I. cristiformis Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), I. mangun Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), I. mengyang Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), I. peltifer (Simon, 1892), I. qidaoban Tong & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), I. qiuxing Tong & Li in Tong et al., 20...
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Five new pholcid species belonging to Holocneminus Berland, 1942, Khorata Huber, 2005 and Pholcus Walckenaer, 1805 are newly described from Southeast Asia: Holocneminus samanggi Lan & Li sp. nov. (Indonesia, male and female), Khorata kep Lan, Jäger & Li sp. nov. (Cambodia, male), Khorata musee Lan & Li sp. nov. (Thailand, male and female), Pholcus...
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Thirty-five new species of the Pimoa Chamberlin & Ivie, 1943 are described from Pan-Himalaya: P. anning Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), P. bomi Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), P. cawarong Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), P. daman Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♀), P. danba Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♀), P. deqen Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♀), P. dongjiu Zhang & Li, sp. nov. (♂♀), P....
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Species of the genus Eriovixia Archer, 1951 from Menglun Town, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China are reviewed, including seven new species: E. ganae sp. nov. (♂♀), E. liuhongi sp. nov. (♂♀), E. tangi sp. nov. (♂♀), E. wangchengi sp. nov. (♂♀), E. yaoi sp. nov. (♂♀), E. yinae sp. nov. (♂♀) and E. zhengi sp. nov. (♂♀). The male of E. yunnanensis (Yin, Wan...
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Six new species belonging to Belisana Thorell, 1898 are described from Southeast Asia: Belisana bachma sp. nov. (Vietnam; male, female), B. cucphuong sp. nov. (Vietnam; male, female), B. jaegeri sp. nov. (Malaysia; male, female), B. kachin sp. nov. (Myanmar; male, female), B. putao sp. nov. (Myanmar; male) and B. tarang sp. nov. (Indonesia; male, f...
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Despite 250 years of taxonomic classification and over 1.2 million species already catalogued, known species diversity is only a small part of true species diversity on Earth, and thus, the known species are only the tip of iceberg. Here, we investigated the genus Pholcus Walckenaer, 1805 of the family Pholcidae C. L. Koch, 1850 in the Changbai Mou...
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Although widely thought to be aggressive, solitary, and potentially cannibalistic, some spider species have evolved group-living behaviors. The distinct transition provides the framework to uncover group-living evolution. Here, we conducted a comparative transcriptomic study and examined patterns of molecular evolution in two independently evolved...
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Three new species of the genus Toxoniella Warui & Jocqué, 2002 of the family Liocranidae Simon, 1897 are described from Kenya: T. tharaka Oketch & Li, sp. nov., T. waruii Oketch & Li, sp. nov., and T. nyeri Oketch & Li, sp. nov. Types are deposited in the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Nairobi, Kenya.
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The spider family Pholcidae C.L. Koch, 1850 exhibits high diversity at generic level and currently contains 94 genera. In this study, one new genus Tangguoa Yao & Li gen. nov. from southern China is described with the type species T. laibin Yao & Li sp. nov. (male, female; Guangxi) and one additional species T. tongguling Yao & Li sp. nov. (male, f...
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Two new species of Belisana Thorell, 1898 from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China, are described and illustrated: Belisana bubeng sp. nov. (male, female) and Belisana xiaolongha sp. nov. (male).