Marusik Yu.M.1, Gnelitsa V.A.2 2009. Description of a new genus of spiders from the eastern Mediterranean and the most armored erigonid species from the western Caucasus (Aranei: Linyphiidae: Erigoninae) // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.18. No.1–2: 57–68 [in English].

1 Institute for Biological Problems of the North, Portovaya Str. 18, Magadan 685000 Russia. E-mail:

2 Sumy State Makarenko Teacher’s Training University, 87 Romenskaya Str., Sumy 40000 Ukraine (no longer valid). E-mail:

KEY WORDS: Abkhazia, dorsal scutum, ventral scutum, new species, new combination.

ABSTRACT. A new genus Scutpelecopsis gen.n. is described for two species: Scutpelecopsis wunderlichi sp.n. (type species, from Caucasus) and Scutpelecopsis krausi (Wunderlich, 1980), comb.n., ex. Pelecopsis krausi. The relationships of the new genus to the related Pelecopsis Simon, 1864, Trichopterna Kulczy?ski, 1894 and Parapelecopsis Wunderlich, 1992 are discussed. Scutpelecopsis gen.n. exhibits several somatic and genitalic characters that are unique within Erigoninae, Linyphiidae and Aranei.

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