Marusik Yu.M. 2021. Epigyne or epigynum: what is correct? // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.30. No.1: 130–132 [in English].

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

doi: 10.15298/arthsel. 30.1.13

ABSTRACT. Etymology of three terms used in spider morphology (epigyne, epigaster and epiandrus), and their spelling are discussed. The term “epigyne” was first introduced by Savigny & Audouin in 1826, but not by Walckenaer in 1837, as previously thought.

KEY WORDS: Aranei, epiandrus, epiandrum, epigaster, epigastrum, etymology, spider, terminology.

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