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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Genus Ballus Koch C.L., 1851

Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia:: Ballus (5-6; ?). There has been no further information since 1914, concerning a single specimen from Myanmar described by Petrunkevitch. The description is scant, the figures schematic and could refer to a related genus. Typically Ballus is a small, squat spider. The carapace is a broad oval, almost as wide as long, flat on top with the sides and back almost vertical. The surface is rugose. The abdomen is shield-shaped with the anterior broadly truncated. The femora, patellae and tibiae on leg 1 of the male are swollen and there is a fringe below the tibiae. The spider is often entirely mottled dark brown in colour, although some species are much less drably coloured. Distribution: In the main Ballus has a palaearctic distribution, but there are odd records from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the USA. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 273. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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