A revision of the genus Cicynethus Simon, 1910 (Araneae, Zodariidae), a tale of colour patterns

  • Rudy Jocqué Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren
  • Arnaud Henrard Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren
Keywords: range extension, southern Africa, Storenomorphinae


The genus Cicynethus Simon, 1910 is revised. Apart from the type species C. peringueyi Simon, 1893, only known from a juvenile, it contains five species, all of which are here described or redescribed based on adults: C. acer sp. nov. (♂♀), C. decoratus (Lawrence, 1952) comb. nov (♂), C. floriumfontis Jocqué, 1991 (♂♀), C. mossambicus sp. nov. (♂♀) and C. subtropicalis (Lawrence, 1952) comb. nov. (♂♀). The species are characterized by the genitalia, but also by the colour pattern. The distribution of the genus is extended to northern Mozambique. Cicynethus hongfuchui is transferred to Storenomorpha hongfuchui (Barrion, Barrion-Dupo & Heong, 2013) comb. nov. Cicynethus acanthopus Simon, 1910 is considered a species incertae sedis. A key to the species is provided.


Barrion A.T., Barrion-Dupo A.L.A., Catindig J.L.A., Villarreal S.C., Cai D., Yuan Q. H. & Heong K.L. 2013. New species of spiders (Araneae) from Hainan Island, China. UPLB Museum Publications in Natural History 3: 1–103.

Brecko J., Mathys A., Dekoninck W., Leponce M., Vandenspiegel D. & Semal P. 2014. Focus stacking: Comparing commercial top-end set-ups with a semi-automatic low budget approach. A possible solution for mass digitization of type specimens. Zookeys 464: 1–23. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.464.8615

Dippenaar-Schoeman A.S., Haddad C.R., Foord S.H., Lyle R., Lotz L.N. & Marais P. 2015. South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA): review of current knowledge, constraints and future needs for documenting spider diversity (Arachnida: Araneae). Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 70: 245–277. https://doi.org//10.1080/0035919X.2015.1088486

Henrard A. & Jocqué R. 2017. The new ant-eating genus Suffascar (Araneae, Zodariidae) endemic to Madagascar: a considerable extension of the dual femoral organ clade. Invertebrate Systematics 31: 519–565. https://doi.org/10.1071/IS16064

Jocqué R. 1991. A generic revision of the spider family Zodariidae (Araneae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 201: 1–160.

Jocqué R. 1994. A termite mimicking spider: Thaumastochilus termitomimus n. sp. (Araneae, Zoda-riidae). Journal of African Zoology 108: 321–327.

Jocqué R. 2009. Some keep it short: on the radiation in the Afrotropical spider genera Capheris and Systenoplacis (Araneae, Zodariidae) without male pedipalp complexity increase. Journal of Afrotropical Zoology 5: 77–148.

Jocqué R. & Bosmans R. 1989. A revision of the genus Storenomorpha Simon (Araneae, Zodariidae). Spixiana 12: 125–134.

Lawrence R.F. 1952. New spiders from the eastern half of South Africa. Annals of the Natal Museum 12: 183–226.

Leroy A. & Jocqué R. 1993. A note on the stitching habit of Chariobas sp. (Araneae, Zodariidae). Journal of African Zoology 107: 189–190.

Platnick N.I. & Raven R.J. 2013. Spider systematics, past and future. Zootaxa 3683: 595–600. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3683.5.8

Shorthouse D.P. 2010. SimpleMappr, an online tool to produce publication-quality point maps. Available from http://www.simplemappr.net [accessed 3 Jan. 2018].

How to Cite
Jocqué, R., & Henrard, A. (2018). A revision of the genus Cicynethus Simon, 1910 (Araneae, Zodariidae), a tale of colour patterns. European Journal of Taxonomy, (465). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2018.465