Present address: Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History NHB 105, PO Box 37012, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA.
Family ties: molecular phylogeny of crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae)
Article first published online: 8 JUL 2008
© The Willi Hennig Society 2008
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages 708–722, October 2008
How to Cite
Benjamin, S. P., Dimitrov, D., Gillespie, R. G. and Hormiga, G. (2008), Family ties: molecular phylogeny of crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae). Cladistics, 24: 708–722. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2008.00202.x
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 8 JUL 2008
- Accepted 2 November 2007
The first quantitative phylogenetic analysis of three sequenced genes (16S rRNA, cytochrome c oxidase subunit I, histone 3) of 25 genera of crab spiders and 11 outgroups supports the monophyly of Thomisidae. Four lineages within Thomisidae are recovered. They are informally named here as the Borboropactus clade, Epidius clade, Stephanopis clade and the Thomisus clade, pending detailed morphology based cladistic work. The Thomisus clade is recovered as a strongly supported monophyletic group with a minimal genetic divergence. Philodromidae previously widely considered a subfamily of Thomisidae do not group within thomisids and is excluded from Thomisidae. However, Aphantochilinae previously generally considered as a separate family falls within the Thomisus clade and is included in Thomisidae. The recently proposed new family Borboropactidae is rejected, as it is paraphyletic.
© The Willi Hennig Society 2008.