Family: Malkaridae Davies, 1980 []
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N.B.: elevated from a subfamily of Araneidae and placed as the sister group of Mimetidae (Wunderlich, 1986: 124); considered a senior synonym of Sternodidae Moran, 1986: 88 (Platnick & Forster, 1987: 8); considered a subfamily of Mimetidae by Wunderlich, 2004i: 1258; see Agnarsson, 2004: 466 on possible relationships of some genera to the Theridiidae; synonymy of the type genus Malkara with Perissopmeros (Murphy & Roberts, 2015: viii) not sufficiently justified and is not accepted here; even if this synonymy would be proved the family name Malkaridae stays valid after ICZN article 40.1; Pararchaeidae Forster & Platnick, 1984: 65 considered a subfamily of Archaeidae by Wunderlich, 1986 and Eskov, 1987c, of Mimetidae by Wunderlich, 2004i: 1257, validated by Rix, 2006 and synonymzed with Malkaridae by Dimitrov et al., 2017: 243, re-elevation to family level by Eskov & Marusik, 2023: 340 not accepted here (by majority vote of the WSC boards); the family consists of four subfamilies (Hormiga & Scharff, 2020): Malkarinae (genus Malkara), Pararchaeinae Forster & Platnick, 1984: 65 (genera Anarchaea, Flavarchaea, Forstrarchaea, Nanarchaea, Ozarchaea, Pararchaea, Westrarchaea), Sternoidinae Harvey, 2002a: 456 = Sternodidae Moran, 1986: 88 (genera Carathea, Chilenodes, Perissopmeros) and Tingotinginae Hormiga & Scharff, 2020: 359 (genera Tingotingo, Whakamoke).
Status: accepted
Last updated: 2023-06-05
Described in
Davies, 1980a: 377
Number of valid genera: 13
Number of valid species: 57

Davies, V. T. (1980a). Malkara loricata, a new spider (Araneidae: Malkarinae) from Australia. Proceedings 8. Internationaler Arachnologen-Kongress Wien 1980: 377-382. download pdf

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