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Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2006, 87, 211232. With 12 figures 2006 The Linnean Society of London, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2006, 87, 211232 211
 

Summary: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2006, 87, 211232. With 12 figures
2006 The Linnean Society of London, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2006, 87, 211232 211
Blackwell Publishing LtdOxford, UKBIJBiological Journal of the Linnean Society0024-4066The Linnean Society of London, 2006? 2006
87?
211232
Original Article
ASYMMETRIC SPIDER EPIGYNA
I. AGNARSSON
*E-mail: ingi@zoology.ubc.ca
Asymmetric female genitalia and other remarkable
morphology in a new genus of cobweb spiders
(Theridiidae, Araneae) from Madagascar
INGI AGNARSSON*
Systematic Biology Entomology, E-530, Smithsonian Institution, NHB-105, PO Box 37012, Washington,
D.C. 20013-7012, and The University of British Columbia, Departments of Botany and Zoology, 3529
6270 University Blvd., Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4, Canada.
Received 21 September 2004; accepted for publication 9 March 2005
Symmetry is such a conspicuous feature of life that asymmetries draw our immediate attention. While not uncom-
mon in bilateral organisms in general, asymmetry in spiders is rare. Here I report the first case of antisymmetry in
external female genitalia in spiders, in the new genus Asygyna (Theridiidae: Araneae) from Madagascar. In the

  

Source: Agnarsson, Ingi - Department of Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico

 

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