Revision of the South American Ninetinae genus Guaranita (Araneae, Pholcidae)

  • Bernhard A. Huber Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, LIB, Bonn, Germany
  • Guanliang Meng Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, LIB, Bonn, Germany
  • Jiří Král Department of Genetics and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ivalú M. Ávila Herrera Department of Genetics and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Matías A. Izquierdo Departamento de Diversidad Biológica y Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
Keywords: Argentina, chromosome, CO1 barcode, sexual dimorphism, taxonomy


The southern South American genus Guaranita includes tiny spiders (body length ~1 mm) that lead reclusive lives under ground-objects and run rapidly when disturbed. As a result, they have been poorly collected and studied. Here we report on a recent collection of Guaranita spiders from Argentina, describing one new species (G. auadae Huber sp. nov.) and the previously unknown female of G. dobby Torres et al., 2016. In addition, we provide CO1 barcodes for all (now five) known species, first SEM data, and first chromosome data for the genus. The diploid number of Guaranita goloboffi Huber, 2000 (2n♂ = 11) is among the lowest in araneomorph spiders with monocentric chromosome structure.


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How to Cite
Huber, B. A., Meng, G., Král, J., Ávila Herrera, I. M., & Izquierdo, M. A. (2023). Revision of the South American Ninetinae genus Guaranita (Araneae, Pholcidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 900(1), 32–80.
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