Agelenids of the World

Systematics and Taxonomy of Agelenidae, a Worldwide distributed Spider Family

A review of the family Agelenidae (Araneae) in Bulgaria. Taxonomic, faunistic and zoogeographical analysis

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1995
Authors:C. Deltshev
Journal:European Journal of Entomology
Date Published:1995
ISBN Number:1210-5759
Keywords:Agelenidae (Araneae)., Agelenidae [Zoogeography / / Faunal elements] [Bulgaria / / Faunal, distribution & zoogeographical analysis]., Eurasia, Europe, First, Land zones, list, Palaearctic region, record for Bulgaria]., Tegenaria zinzulusensis (Araneae): [New record]., Tegenaria zinzulusensis [Bulgaria / / Sandansky Petrich Valley, Zoogeography

The family Agelenidae (sensu Maurer, 1992) is represented in Bulgaria by 35 species, included in 10 genera (Agelena 3, Cicurina 1, Coelotes 8, Cryphoeca 2, Cybaeus 2, Histopona 3, Lycosoides 1, Maimuna 1, Tegenaria 12, Textrix 1, Tuberta 1). This number was established after a taxonomic revision of all available collections containing agelenid spiders in Bulgaria. One new record is also added (Tegenaria zinzulusensis Dresco). Species of the family Agelenidae are distributed in all districts in Bulgaria, occurring in lowland, forest, mountains, caves and buildings or close to them. Regarding their distribution by altitude, there are only 5 species which inhabit the high mountain zone, but only Cryphoeca pirini Drensky is characteristic of the alpine belt. According to their current distribution. the Bulgarian agelenid spiders can be split into 11 zoogeographical categories, grouped into 5 complexes (Cosmopolitan, Palaearctic, European, Southeast European, Mediterranean). The Southeast European complex is the best represented (40%) and shows quite well the local character of this fauna and the main role of the Balkan peninsula in its origin and formation.

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