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2000. The Journal of Arachnology 28:351352 SHORT COMMUNICATION
 

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2000. The Journal of Arachnology 28:351352
SHORT COMMUNICATION
ADANSONIA IS A BAOBAB TREE, NOT A
THERIDIID SPIDER
Ingi Agnarsson: Department of Biological Sciences, George Washington University,
Washington, D.C. 20052 USA.
ABSTRACT. The name Adansonia Saville-Kent was erroneously introduced into spider taxonomy by
Bonnet in 1939 and still appears in the literature. Saville-Kent was referring to a tree, not describing a
spider.
Keywords: Theridiidae, Araneae, Adansonia, nomenclature, systematics
Most biologists are familiar with the genus Ad-
ansonia Linnaeus 1753, which contains the mag-
nificent Baobab trees. The Baobabs are particularly
prolific in Madagascar but also widely distributed
in continental Africa, and one species is native to
northwestern Australia. These trees are also popular
in botanical gardens and parks in other parts of the
world. Less well known is the mollusk Adansonia
Pallary 1902. Pallary validly proposed this name as

  

Source: Agnarsson, Ingi - Department of Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Hormiga, Gustavo - Department of Biological Sciences, George Washington University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology