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Gnaphosa serzonshteini, a replacement name for Gnaphosa zonsteini Fomichev & Marusik, 2017 (Araneae: Gnaphosidae)



Gnaphosa zonsteini Fomichev & Marusik, 2017, belonging to the rasnitsyni-group, was recently described from western Mongolia based on both sexes (Fomichev & Marusik 2017). This species was named in honour of our colleague and friend Sergei L. Zonstein (Tel Aviv, Israel) on occasion of his 60th birthday. While describing it, we overlooked that this species name already existed: Gnaphosa zonsteini Ovtsharenko, Platnick & Song, 1992. That species belongs to the muscorum-group, its description was based on several females collected in Kyrgyzstan (Ovtsharenko et al. 1992), which is the only country from where it is recorded so far (Mikhailov 2013). It was also named after Sergei Zonstein, who collected the holotype. Both species are known from a single taxonomic entry (World Spider Catalog 2017).



Araneae, Gnaphosidae

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Fomichev, A.A. & Marusik, Y.M. (2017) A survey of East Palaearctic Gnaphosidae (Araneae). 8. New data on Berlandina and Gnaphosa from Mongolia. Zootaxa, 4258 (1), 69‒80.

Mikhailov, K.G. (2013) The spiders (Arachnida: Aranei) of Russia and adjacent countries: a non-annoteted checklist. Arthropoda Selecta, 3 (Supplement), 1‒262.

Ovtsharenko, V.I., Platnick, N.I. & Song, D.X. (1992) A review of the North Asian ground spiders of the genus Gnaphosa (Araneae, Gnaphosidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 212, 1‒88.

World Spider Catalog (2017) World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern, version 18.0. Available from: (accessed 7 May 2017)



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