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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski, 1999

Genus Pharacocerus Simon, 1902

[TYPE SPECIES sessor ] [ ephippiatus ] [ fagei ] [ fagei soudanensis ] [ fagei verdieri]

Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Pharacocerus (?; ?). Elsewhere (?; 4-6). Before 1992, when Song and Chai described the two species P. hirticeps and P. orientalis from S. China, no new species of the small genus Pharacocerus had been described since 1941. Save for one species from Madagascar, all the others come from W. Africa. Simon placed the genus Pharacocerus in his Plexippeae. (Due to the sort of variation that can occur in the characters Simon uses to separate his groups Hylleae from the Plexippeae which are both in his Unidentati, it can be difficult, even with a microscope, to decide with confidence to which group a particular specimen belongs. Even then and for much the same reason, it is not always easy within the group to decide to which genus the specimen belongs.) Certainly from figures in the literature for the African species P. fagei, Pharacocerus looks to be close to Plexippus (see Section 51.7) in general appearance. One tip which can be helpful is that specimens with relatively large rear eyes tend to belong to the Plexippeae, whilst those with rather small rear eyes tend to belong to the Hylleae
Distribution: The main centre for Pharacocerus is W. Africa, but there is a single species recorded from Madagascar and two species from S. China. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 276. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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