Saaristo M.I. 2007. The Oonopid spiders (Aranei: Oonopidae) of Israel // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.15 (for 2006). No.2: 119–140 [in English].

Zoological Museum, Centre of Biodiversity, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland (deceased).

KEY WORDS: New species, new genus, dwarf hunting spiders.

Abstract. This paper reports sixteen oonopid species from Israel. Except for Opopaea punctata (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872), Opopaea santschii Brignoli, 1974, and an Oonops sp. all others are new species, namely Megabulbus sansan sp.n., Mega­oonops avrona sp.n., Opopaea lingua sp.n., Opopaea shanasi sp.n., Orchestina pavesiiformis sp.n., Orchestina sedotmikha sp.n., Ovobulbus boker sp.n., Ovobulbus bokerella sp.n., Ovobulbus elot sp.n., Semibulbus zekharya sp.n., Gamasomorpha gershomi sp.n., Silhouettella betalfa sp.n., and Silhouettella tomer sp.n. Further one undetermined Oonops species is presented. In addition the following four new genera are described: Megabulbus gen.n. (type species M. sansan sp.n.), Megaoonops gen.n. (type species M. avrona sp.n.), Ovobulbus gen.n. (type species O. boker sp.n.), and Semibulbus (type species S. zekharya sp.n.). The identity of the sole earlier reported oonopid spider from Israel, namely Xestaspis nitida Simon, 1884, is discussed.

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