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Revision of the genus Damon C.L. Koch, 1850 (Chelicerata: Amblypygi: Phrynichidae).- Sperm transfer, spermatophore morphology, and female genitalia of three species of whip spiders: Charinus seychellarum

Kraepelin, 1898, Damon medius (Herbst, 1797), and Phrynichus scaber (Gervais, 1844) (Chelicerata, Amblypygyi)

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The amblypygid (whip spider) genus Damon is revised. Ten species and one subspecies are recognised, all of them live in Africa. The best and easiest characters to distinguish species are discussed The ten species can be divided into two groups. The four species of the western group are confined to West Africa. They are large (formerly Titanodamon), mostly with plesiomorphic characters. They probably envolved in rain forests. Only Damon medius also inhabits savannah-like hatibats. The eastern group or Damon Variegatus species group contains 6 species which are distributed from East Africa to South Africa and Namibia. Most of these species are smaller and capable of surviving in dryer habitats by hiding underground, in deep crevices or caves. Only Damon gracilis is active under xeric conditions. The western group is paraphyletic; Damon medius is hypothesised to be the sister group of the monophyletic Damon variegatus species group.

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Titel: Revision of the genus Damon C.L. Koch, 1850 (Chelicerata: Amblypygi: Phrynichidae).- Sperm transfer, spermatophore morphology, and female genitalia of three species of whip spiders: Charinus seychellarum
Autoren/Herausgeber: Peter Weygoldt
Aus der Reihe: Zoologica

ISBN/EAN: 9783510550371

Seitenzahl: 64
Format: 30 x 23 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 280 g
Sprache: Englisch

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