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Published: 2019-09-03
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Otacilia fansipan spec. nov., the second congener recorded from Vietnam
(Arachnida: Araneae: Phrurolithidae)

Arachnology, Senckenberg Research Institute, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Araneae Taxonomy systematics new species mainland Southeast Asia distribution range biogeography Lydekker line


A new species of the genus Otacilia Thorell, 1897 is described from northern Vietnam: O. fansipan spec. nov. It represents the second species of the genus recorded from that country. Special papillae are found on the surface of the spermathecae, their function is unknown. A distribution map is presented with all records of the genus, with a first attempt to explain its biogeography.



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