The water spider Argyroneta aquatica: Relationship and specialization (Arachnida, Araneae, Agelenidae)

Grothendieck, K.; Kraus, O.

Verhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg 34: 259-273


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Argyroneta aquatica is recognized as an agelenid spider (Agelenidae). Apparently, it represents a subtaxon of the Cybacinae. Arguments are mainly derived from male genitalia, hair structure, trichobothria, and details of the tracheal system. Subaquatic life and various specializations of adaptive value are no longer regarded as arguments for placing the Water Spider in a separate subfamily (Argyronetinae) or even family (Argyronetidae).