Marusik Yu.M.1,2,3, Nadolny A.A.4, Koponen S.3 A survey of the Alopecosa cursor species group (Aranei: Lycosidae) from Asia // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.27. No.4: 348–362 [in English].

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

2 Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa.

3 Zoological Museum, Biodiversity Unit, FI-20014 University of Turku, Finland. E-mail:

4 Institute of Marine Biological Research of Russian Academy of Sciences, Nakhimov Avenue 2, Sevastopol 299011 Crimea. E-mail:

doi: 10.15298/arthsel. 27.4.12

ABSTRACT. Species belonging to the Alopecosa cursor group from Central Asia have been surveyed. Four species are recognized: A. cursor (Hahn, 1831) (♂♀, Iberian Peninsula to Northern Xinjiang and Altai), A. cursorioides Charitonov, 1969 (♂♀, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and possibly NE Iran), A. passibilis (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1885) (♂, SW Xinjiang), and A. pentheri (Nosek, 1905) (♂♀, Italy to Azerbaijan). Alopecosa cursorioides stat.n. was originally described as a subspecies of A. cursor. A new combination, Alopecosa passibilis comb.n., is suggested for the species originally described in Lycosa and currently considered in Pardosa. A. cursor and A. pentheri occur sympatrically in the Crimea and Caucasus. Faunistic records of these species are often mixed up due to indistinguishable females. Detailed information of distribution, habitat preferences, and phenology of A. cursor and A. pentheri in the Crimea are provided.

KEY WORDS: Araneae, Lycosinae, Pardosa, Xinjiang, Central Asia, Caucasus, Crimea, sibling species.

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