East African pholcid spiders: an overview, with descriptions of eight new species (Araneae, Pholcidae)

  • Bernhard A. Huber
  • Charles M. Warui Mount Kenya University, School of Pure & Applied Sciences
Keywords: Pholcidae, East Africa, taxonomy, identification key


This paper summarizes current knowledge about East African pholcids. East Africa is defined as the area from 12°S to 5°N and from 28° to 42°E, including all of Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. An annotated list of the 15 genera and 87 species recorded from this area is given, together with distribution maps and an identification key to genera. Most East African species (90%) belong to one of only six genera: Buitinga Huber, 2003 (21 species); Smeringopus Simon, 1890 (18); Pholcus Walckenaer, 1805 (17); Spermophora Hentz, 1841 (12); Leptopholcus Simon, 1893 (5) and Quamtana Huber, 2003 (4). Eight species for which DNA sequence data have been published recently are newly described: Buitinga batwa sp. nov., B. wataita sp. nov., Spermophora mau sp. nov., S. maathaiae sp. nov., S. bukusu sp. nov., S. kirinyaga sp. nov., S. kyambura sp. nov. and Quamtana nyahururu sp. nov. Crossopriza johncloudsleyi Deeleman-Reinhold & van Harten, 2001, previously only known from Yemen, is redescribed based on specimens from Kenya. Additional new records are given for 21 previously described species.


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How to Cite
Huber, B. A., & Warui, C. M. (2012). East African pholcid spiders: an overview, with descriptions of eight new species (Araneae, Pholcidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, (29). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2012.29