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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Ordo: Araneae
Subordo: Opisthothelae
Infraordo: Araneomorphae
Taxon: Neocribellatae
Series: Entelegynae
Superfamilia: Lycosoidea

Familia: Ctenidae
Subfamilia: Acanthocteninae
Genus: Acanthoctenus
Species: A. alux – A. chickeringi – A. dumicola – A. gaujoni – A. kollari – A. lamarrei – A. maculatus – A. manauara – A. obauratus – A. plebejus – A. remotus – A. rubrotaeniatus – A. spiniger – A. spinipes – A. torotoro – A. virginea

Acanthoctenus Keyserling, 1877

Type species: Acanthoctenus spiniger Keyserling, 1877

Gender: masculine

Paracantheis Kraus, 1955 (synonymized by Lehtinen, 1967: 208, 256)

Type species: Paracantheis virginea Kraus, 1955

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Acanthoctenus sp., Ctenidae. Fausto Trail, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Primary references

Keyserling, E. 1877. Ueber amerikanische Spinnenarten der Unterordnung Citigradae. Verhandlungen der kaiserlich-königlichen zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 26: 609–708. [693]

Additional references

Arizala, S., Labarque, F. & Polotow, D. 2021. Revision of the Neotropical spider genus Acanthoctenus (Araneae: Ctenidae: Acanthocteninae). Zootaxa 4920(1): 001–055. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4920.1.1. Paywall. Reference page.
Bosselaers, J. 2002: A cladistic analysis of Zoropsidae (Araneae), with the description of a new genus. Belgian Journal of Zoology 132: 141-154. Reference page.


Platnick, N. I. 2009. The World Spider Catalog, version 9.5. American Museum of Natural History. [1]
Acanthoctenus is a genus of Central to South American wandering spiders first described by Eugen von Keyserling in 1877.[3]

Female A. remotus are larger than males of the species, reaching a body length of about 15 millimetres (0.59 in). Males only grow up to 11 millimetres (0.43 in).

Acanthoctenus currently contains 13 described species:[1]

Acanthoctenus alux Arizala, Labarque & Polotow, 2021 – Guatemala
Acanthoctenus chickeringi Arizala, Labarque & Polotow, 2021 – Panama
Acanthoctenus dumicola Simon, 1906 – Venezuela
Acanthoctenus gaujoni Simon, 1906 – Venezuela, Ecuador
Acanthoctenus kollari (Reimoser, 1939) – Costa Rica
Acanthoctenus lamarrei Arizala, Labarque & Polotow, 2021 – Panama
Acanthoctenus manauara Arizala, Labarque & Polotow, 2021 – Brazil
Acanthoctenus plebejus Simon, 1906 – Venezuela, Peru
Acanthoctenus remotus Chickering, 1960 – Jamaica
Acanthoctenus spiniger Keyserling, 1877 (type) – Mexico to Venezuela
Acanthoctenus spinipes Keyserling, 1877 – Guatemala to Paraguay
Acanthoctenus torotoro Arizala, Labarque & Polotow, 2021 – Bolivia
Acanthoctenus virginea (Kraus, 1955) – El Salvador

Incertae sedis:[4]

Acanthoctenus maculatus Petrunkevitch, 1925 – Panama (species inquirenda)

Acanthoctenus obauratus Simon, 1906 – Brazil
Acanthoctenus rubrotaeniatus Mello-Leitão, 1947 – Brazil

Acanthoctenus mammifer was formerly placed in this genus, but was transferred to the genus Viracucha.[4]

"Gen. Acanthoctenus Keyserling, 1877". World Spider Catalog Version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern. 2019. doi:10.24436/2. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
Lehtinen, P. T. (1967). "Classification of the cribellate spiders and some allied families, with notes on the evolution of the suborder Araneomorpha". Annales Zoologici Fennici. 4: 256.
Keyserling, E. (1877). "Ueber amerikanische Spinnenarten der Unterordnung Citigradae". Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien. 26: 609–708.
Arizala, Stephany, Facundo Martin Labarque, and Daniele Polotow. "Revision of the Neotropical spider genus Acanthoctenus (Araneae: Ctenidae: Acanthocteninae)." Zootaxa 4920.1 (2021): 1-55.


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