Pellolessertia

Pellolessertia

Pellolessertia is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders). with only one species, P. castanea, that has been found in Cameroon, Congo and Ethiopia.

Males are about six millimeters long.

The most similar genus seems to be Monomotapa (Szüts & Scharff, 2005).

Distribution

The species was first found in Avakubi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has been recorded in Cameroon. Dippenaar-Schoeman & Jocqué (1997) give the distribution range as Zad're to Ethiopia.

Name

The genus name is derived in part from the arachnologist Lessert, and also from the salticid genus Pellenes, because it bears resemblance to several genera in the subfamily Pelleninae.

Its original genus name Avakubia was changed in 1929, because that name was preoccupied for a gastropod subgenus (Gulella (Avakubia) Pilsbry, 1919, Streptaxidae, Stylommatophora).

References

  • (2005): Redescriptions of little known jumping spider genera (Araneae: Salticidae) from West Africa. Acta zoologica hungarica 51(4): 357-378. PDF
  • (2007): The world spider catalog, version 8.0. American Museum of Natural History.
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