||Geography-related sub-generic diversity within the Mediterranean trapdoor
spider genus Nemesia (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Nemesiidae)
||Three different male and female super-specific types are distinguished according to variations in the morphology of the bulb and spermathecae within the genus Nemesia Audouin, 1826. Plotting the distributions of these sexual types on a map of the Mediterranean indicates the existence of geography-related sub-generic diversity in which the Nemesia fauna of the eastern Mediterranean differs markedly from that of the western Mediterranean. While the eastern Mediterranean Nemesia fauna is highly homogeneous, the fauna of the western Mediterranean is very diverse. The eastern and western Nemesia faunae appear to overlap in the central Mediterranean. Efforts to relate the specific bulb types to the particular types of spermathecae described here were only partly successful.
||biodiversity, biogeography, distribution, model taxon, taxonomy
- Arachnologische Mitteilungen - 10.5431/aramit4304