A new species of Ocyale (Araneae, Lycosidae) from Madagascar, with first observations on the biology of a representative in the genus

  • Merlijn Jocque Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology (ATECO), Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels
  • Siel Wellens Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO), Walmersumstraat 44, 3380 Glabbeek
  • J.D. Andrianarivosoa Mention Zoologie et Biologie Animale (MZBA), Université d’Antananarivo
  • F. Rakotondraparany Mention Zoologie et Biologie Animale (MZBA), Université d’Antananarivo
  • Sam The Seing Development and Biodiversity Conservation Action for Madagascar (DBCAM). Lot II A 93 L, Anjanahary, Antananarivo
  • Rudy Jocqué Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvense Steenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
Keywords: beach, biology, phenology, white sand


A large white species of wolf spider, Ocyale ghost Jocque M. & Jocqué R. sp. nov., is described from a white sandy beach of an inland freshwater lake in the northwest of Madagascar. The first photos of a living specimen of the genus Ocyale are provided together with some observations on the biology of the newly described species. An updated and illustrated key to the Afrotropical species of Ocyale is included here.


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How to Cite
Jocque, M., Wellens, S., Andrianarivosoa, J., Rakotondraparany, F., The Seing, S., & Jocqué, R. (2017). A new species of Ocyale (Araneae, Lycosidae) from Madagascar, with first observations on the biology of a representative in the genus. European Journal of Taxonomy, (355). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2017.355