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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Genus Laufeia Simon, 1889

Color phot [Laufeia ? sp.]

Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Dull brown, small to medium salticids. Found on shrubs and plants. General remarks: These are, more or less, merely small editions of the previous group [Dull brown, stout to large salticids]. They are much the same colour and occupy much the same habitat. Their colour makes it possible that some of them occupy the litter at the base of such vegetation, but specimens in this group which we have collected have been on, rather than under, such vegetation.Genus: Laufeia. A problem has arisen with this genus. Although most of the species in our area are probably congeneric, according to Bohdanowicz and Proszynski, 1987, they are not congeneric with the type species, L. aenea from Japan. For L. eucola the carapace is oblong, more or less parallel-sided and, at the rear, curves briefly to a wide posterior edge. The cephalus and half of the thorax are together fairly flat, but the sides and the rear of the thorax are steep. The eye area is black and this is followed on the flat top by a wide, transverse crescent-shaped area of white hairs. The sides and the rest of the thorax are dark brown. The abdomen is lengthwise oval, about as wide as the carapace, and slightly square-shouldered. It is dark grey in colour with a whitish band around the shoulders. The legs are quite long, fairly robust and not particularly spiny. They are uniform brown in colour with the front pair rather darker. From the description of L. aenea given by Bohdanowicz and Proszynski, it is very similar in appearance to that of L. eucola. However they differ in their genitalia. Distribution: The three species of Laufeia from P. Malaysia, Sumatra and Java appear to be congeneric, whilst it is les's certain that the species from Vietnam belongs to this group. There are also single species named Laufeia recorded from China and New Zealand. This genus is in urgent need of revision.Murphy & Murphy 2000: 339. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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