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Three new species of the genus Ranops (Araneae: Zodariidae) from southern Africa

Royal Museum for Central Africa, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO), Walmersumstraat 44, B-3380 Glabbeek, Belgium
Royal Museum for Central Africa, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium
Araneae ant-eating spiders arid corridor distribution outliers taxonomy


The genus Ranops Jocqué, 1991 was only known from three species so far. Three new species of the genus are described here: R. robinae sp. nov. (♂♀) from South Africa, R. tharinae sp. nov. (♂♀) from Botswana, and R. wandae sp. nov. (♂♀) from Namibia. Its distribution is discussed and a distribution map for all the Ranops species is provided. Ranops expers (O.P. Cambridge, 1876) does not belong to Ranops and is transferred back to Zodarion Walckenaer, 1826.



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