Family: Desidae Pocock, 1895 [urn:lsid:nmbe.ch:spiderfam:0039]
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N.B.: Revalidated by Roth, 1967b: 4 (for Desis only) but greatly expanded subsequently; for a diagnosis, see Forster, 1970b: 21; considered a senior synonym of Toxopidae by Forster, 1970b: 110, whose concept differs greatly from that of Lehtinen, 1967, who considered the Desinae a subfamily of the Amaurobiidae separate from the Matachiinae (most genera of which Forster attributed to the Desidae); all genera placed by these authors either in the Desidae, or in the Desinae and Matachiinae, respectively, are listed here. Transfers of Gasparia, Goyenia, Lamina and Mangareia to Cicurinidae, of Hapona and Laestrygones to Cycloctenidae (Murphy & Roberts, 2015: viii), of Forstertyna to Megadictynidae, and separation of Matachiidae (new rank) containing the most genera of Desidae (Murphy & Roberts, 2015: ix) not sufficiently justified and are not accepted here. Redefinition of Desidae by Wheeler et al., 2017: 606 to include five subfamilies: Amphinectinae (transferred from Amphinectidae Forster & Wilton, 1973 syn. nov. [urn:lsid:nmbe.ch:spiderfam:0065], Amphinecta, Mamoea, Maniho, Paramamoea and Rangitata), Ischaleinae (Bakala, Manjala - both transferred from Amaurobiidae, and Ischalea, transferred from Stiphidiidae), Metaltellinae (new rank, Austmusia, Buyina, Calacadia, Cunnawarra, Jalkaraburra, Keera, Magua, Metaltella, Penaoola and Quemusia), Porteriinae (new rank, transferred from Stiphidiidae, Baiami, Cambridgea, Corasoides and Nanocambridgea) and Desinae (Desis, Poaka - transferred from Amaurobiidae, and Barahna - transferred from Stiphidiidae). Eleven genera (Akatorea, Dunstanoides, Holomamoea, Huara, Makora, Neororea, Oparara, Reinga, Rorea, Tanganoides, Waterea) not included by Wheeler et al., 2017, but also transferred from Amphinectidae to Desidae, caused by the synonmy of Amphinecidae with Desidae. Separation of Toxopidae (genera Gasparia, Gohia, Hapona, Hulua, Laestrygones, Lamina, Myro, Neomyro, Ommatauxesis, Otagoa and Toxops) also by Wheeler et al., 2017: 609-610.
Status: accepted
Last updated: 2017-11-14
Described in
Pocock, 1895b: 143
Counts
Number of valid genera: 61
Number of valid species: 301
Reference

Pocock, R. I. (1895b). Description of two new spiders obtained by Messrs J. J. Quelch and F. MacConnel on the summit of Mount Roraima, in Demerara; with a note upon the systematic position of the genus Desis. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (6) 16: 139-143. download pdf

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