Taxon details

Desis formidabilis (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1891)

  • Rank: Species
  • Status: accepted
  • Described: m f
  • Last updated: 2020-06-28
  • LSID: []
  • Distribution: Namibia, South Africa
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Type deposit provide information
  • Holotype: Liverpool Museum, Liverpool, United Kingdom; f of Paradesis tubicola (type material destroyed during WW II bombing) (Hancock, 1975)
Taxonomic references
Robsonia formidabilis O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1891b: 625, pl. 53, f. 5 (Dmf).
Desis formidabilis Simon, 1896d: 221.
Paradesis tubicola Pocock, 1898e: 75, f. 1-3 (Df).
Paradesis formidabilis Pocock, 1898e: 77.
Desis tubicola Pocock, 1902c: 104.
Desis pentheri Simon, 1910b: 205 (Df).
Desis beckeri Hewitt, 1913c: 476, f. 6 (Df).
Desis formidabilis Lehtinen, 1967: 256 (S).
Desis formidabilis Lamoral, 1968: 148, f. 3-5 (mf, S).
Desis formidabilis Griswold et al., 2005: 19, f. 177A-E, 190A-B (m).
Desis formidabilis Ramírez, 2014: 211, f. 139D, 142E (m).
Desis formidabilis Polotow, Carmichael & Griswold, 2015: 143, f. 10E, 14B, 20B, 21A (mf).
Desis formidabilis Baehr, Raven & Harms, 2017: 120, f. 7G (m).
Desis formidabilis Crews et al., 2020: 904, f. 13L-N, 14A-B,H, S7D-E,G-I (mf).

Baehr, B. C., Raven, R. & Harms, D. (2017). “High Tide or Low Tide”: Desis bobmarleyi sp. n., a new spider from coral reefs in Australia’s Sunshine State and its relative from Sāmoa (Araneae, Desidae, Desis). Evolutionary Systematics 1: 111-120. doi:10.3897/evolsyst.1.15735 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Crews, S. C., Garcia, E. L., Spagna, J. C., Van Dam, M. H. & Esposito, L. A. (2020). The life aquatic with spiders (Araneae): repeated evolution of aquatic habitat association in Dictynidae and allied taxa. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 189(3): 862-920 & Suppl. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlz139 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Griswold, C. E., Ramírez, M. J., Coddington, J. A. & Platnick, N. I. (2005). Atlas of phylogenetic data for entelegyne spiders (Araneae: Araneomorphae: Entelegynae) with comments on their phylogeny. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 56(Suppl. II): 1-324. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Hewitt, J. (1913c). Descriptions of new species of Arachnida from Cape Colony. Records of the Albany Museum Grahamstown 2: 462-481. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Lamoral, B. H. (1968). On the species of the genus Desis Walckenaer, 1837 (Araneae: Amaurobiidae) found on the rocky shores of South Africa and South West Africa. Annals of the Natal Museum 20: 139-150. 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

Pickard-Cambridge, O. (1891b). On some new species and two new genera of Araneida. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 58(4, 1890): 620-629, pl. 53. [published in April 1891, after Duncan, 1937] download pdf -- Show included taxa

Pocock, R. I. (1898e). The Arachnida from the regions of Lakes Nyassa and Tanganyika contained in the collection of the British Museum. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (7) 2: 429-448. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Pocock, R. I. (1902c). On the marine spiders of the genus Desis, with description of a new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 72(II, 1): 98-106. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1902.tb08222.x download pdf -- Show included taxa

Polotow, D., Carmichael, A. & Griswold, C. E. (2015). Total evidence analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of Lycosoidea spiders (Araneae, Entelegynae). Invertebrate Systematics 29(2): 124-163. doi:10.1071/IS14041 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Ramírez, M. J. (2014). The morphology and phylogeny of dionychan spiders (Araneae: Araneomorphae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 390: 1-374. Link doi:10.1206/821.1 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Simon, E. (1896d). Arachnides recueillis par M. Arnold Penther dans l'Afrique australe. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 21: 220-223. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Simon, E. (1910b). Arachnoidea. Araneae (II.). In: Schultze, L. (ed.) Zoologische und anthropologische Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise im westlichen und zentralen Südafrika. Denkschriften der Medizinisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft zu Jena 16: 175-218. download pdf -- Show included taxa

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Edit history
Date Type Reference Detail
2020-06-28 New taxonomic reference entry Crews et al., 2020 n/a
2019-05-21 Species distribution update Haddad & Marusik, 2019 n/a (Old value)
2017-12-29 New taxonomic reference entry Baehr, Raven & Harms, 2017 n/a
2015-10-29 New taxonomic reference entry Polotow, Carmichael & Griswold, 2015 n/a
2014-07-25 New taxonomic reference entry Ramírez, 2014 n/a