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Published: 2016-08-02
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Enoplognatha bryjai new species, a bizzare cobweb spider of the Pannonian swamps (Araneae, Theridiidae)

Crop Research Institute, Biodiversity Lab, Drnovská 507, CZ-161 06 Prague 6 – Ruzyně, Czechia.
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Microbiology, Vídeňská 1083, CZ-142 20, Prague 4, Czechia.
Charles University in Prague, Third Faculty of Medicine, Ruská 87, CZ-100 00 Prague 10, Czechia.
Araneae Theridiidae


During faunistic research of reed beds associated with lakes in the Pannonian region of Czechia we found an Enoplognatha species with spectacular morphology of the male chelicerae. Despite this species being found in an arachnologically well researched area, and that the European species of the genus Enoplognatha have been recently revised (Bosmans & Van Keer 1999), it appears to be a new species.



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