- Unidentified Euophryinae
A large group of salticids that is well-represented in both the New and Old Worlds, especially in the tropics. At least some species (e.g. Corythalia and New World Habrocestum) are known to be ant-specialists, and have specialized chelicerae that may be related to ant-feeding. Relationships within the euophryines are particularly confusing, and we are very far from obtaining reasonable generic delimitations.
Euophryines are characterized by a terminal, spiral embolus that is separated from the tegulum by an expandable distal hematodocha:
However, this form of palpus may simply be the primitive form from which the dendryphantines and other groups (such as the synagelines) arose, and thus the euophyines may be paraphyletic (Maddison, 1996).
Maddison, W.P. 1996. Pelegrina Franganillo and other jumping spiders formerly placed in the genus Metaphidippus (Araneae: Salticidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. l54(4): 215-368.
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