Taxon details

Meta ovalis (Gertsch, 1933)

  • Rank: Species
  • Status: accepted
  • Described: m f
  • Last updated: 2021-11-21
  • LSID: []
  • Distribution: Canada, USA
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Taxonomic references
Meta menardi Emerton, 1884: 328, pl. 34, f. 18, pl. 37, f. 33 (mf, misidentified).
Meta menardi Emerton, 1902: 190, f. 443-445 (mf, misidentified).
Auchicybaeus ovalis Gertsch, 1933c: 11, f. 15 (Df).
Meta menardi Kaston, 1948: 223, f. 700-703 (m, misidentified).
Meta menardi Lehtinen, 1967: 217 (S, rejected).
Meta menardi Levi, 1980a: 42, f. 112-127 (mf, misidentified).
Meta americana Marusik & Koponen, 1992: 138, f. 1-4, 14 (Dmf) [].
Meta americana Hormiga, Eberhard & Coddington, 1995: 324, f. 6A-C (m).
Meta ovalis Dondale, 1995: 125 (removed from S of M. menardi, contra Lehtinen, 1967, S of Meta americana).
Meta americana Griswold et al., 1998: 61, f. 10C (m).
Meta ovalis Paquin & Dupérré, 2003: 206, f. 2292-2294 (mf).
Meta ovalis Dondale et al., 2003: 116, f. 255-263 (mf).
Meta ovalis Kuntner, Coddington & Hormiga, 2008: 177, f. 19E-I (mf).
Meta ovalis Breuss, 2009: 306, f. 18-20 (m).
Meta menardi Murphy & Roberts, 2015: ix (S of M. ovalis with M. menardi not sufficiently justified and is not accepted here).
Meta ovalis Kallal & Hormiga, 2018a: 408, f. 3A (m).
Meta ovalis Paquin et al., 2021: 22, f. 1-3 (mf).

Breuss, W. (2009). A collection of spiders and harvestmen from two caves in Ontario and Newfoundland, Canada (Araneae, Opiliones). Contributions to Natural History 12: 297-313. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Dondale, C. D. (1995). A new synonym in the genus Meta (Araneae, Tetragnathidae). Journal of Arachnology 23: 125-126. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Dondale, C. D., Redner, J. H., Paquin, P. & Levi, H. W. (2003). The insects and arachnids of Canada. Part 23. The orb-weaving spiders of Canada and Alaska (Araneae: Uloboridae, Tetragnathidae, Araneidae, Theridiosomatidae). NRC Research Press, Ottawa, 371 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Emerton, J. H. (1884). New England spiders of the family Epeiridae. Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences 6: 295-342. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Emerton, J. H. (1902). The common spiders of the United States. Boston, 225 pp. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.5617 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Gertsch, W. J. (1933c). Diagnoses of new American spiders. American Museum Novitates 637: 1-14. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Griswold, C. E., Coddington, J. A., Hormiga, G. & Scharff, N. (1998). Phylogeny of the orb-web building spiders (Araneae, Orbiculariae: Deinopoidea, Araneoidea). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 123(1): 1-99. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.1998.tb01290.x download pdf -- Show included taxa

Hormiga, G., Eberhard, W. G. & Coddington, J. A. (1995). Web-construction behaviour in Australian Phonognatha and the phylogeny of nephiline and tetragnathid spiders (Araneae: Tetragnathidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 43(4): 313-364. doi:10.1071/ZO9950313 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Kallal, R. J. & Hormiga, G. (2018a). An expanded molecular phylogeny of metaine spiders (Araneae, Tetragnathidae) with description of new taxa from Taiwan and the Philippines. Invertebrate Systematics 32(2): 400-422. doi:10.1071/IS17058 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Kaston, B. J. (1948). Spiders of Connecticut. Bulletin of the Connecticut State Geological and Natural History Survey 70: 1-874. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Kuntner, M., Coddington, J. A. & Hormiga, G. (2008). Phylogeny of extant nephilid orb-weaving spiders (Araneae, Nephilidae): testing morphological and ethological homologies. Cladistics 24(2): 147-217. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2007.00176.x download pdf -- Show included taxa

Lehtinen, P. T. (1967). Classification of the cribellate spiders and some allied families, with notes on the evolution of the suborder Araneomorpha. Annales Zoologici Fennici 4: 199-468. [second pdf: index and outline by V. D. Roth (unpubl.)] download pdf download pdf -- Show included taxa

Levi, H. W. (1980a). The orb-weaver genus Mecynogea, the subfamily Metinae and the genera Pachygnatha, Glenognatha and Azilia of the subfamily Tetragnathinae north of Mexico (Araneae: Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 149: 1-74. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Marusik, Y. M. & Koponen, S. (1992). A review of Meta (Araneae, Tetragnathidae), with description of two new species. Journal of Arachnology 20(2): 137-143. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Murphy, J. A. & Roberts, M. J. (2015). Spider families of the world and their spinnerets. British Arachnological Society, York, volume 1 & 2, pp. i-xii, 1-189; xiii-xvi, 191-553. download pdf download pdf -- Show included taxa

Paquin, P. & Dupérré, N. (2003). Guide d'identification des araignées de Québec. Fabreries, Supplement 11: 1-251. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Paquin, P., Aubé, M., Brodeur, J., Desaulniers, C. O. & Simard, C. (2021). Troglobie, troglophile ou trogloxène? Meta ovalis (Gertsch 1933) (Araneae: Tetragnathidae) au Québec. Hutchinsonia 1: 21-26. download pdf -- Show included taxa

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Edit history
Date Type Reference Detail
2021-11-21 New taxonomic reference entry Paquin et al., 2021 n/a
2018-04-09 New taxonomic reference entry Kallal & Hormiga, 2018a n/a
2016-10-04 New taxonomic reference entry Murphy & Roberts, 2015 n/a