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Eugene Count Keyserling and Spiders, By Robert Bob Count Keyserlingk

SPIDERS KEYSERLING 

 

Besides the other family members we know about, there also exist many other arachnological ones ?spiders - we know less about. Genealogists please take note.

 

Count Eugen Keyserling–Staniuny, elder brother of Hugo, became a 19th century scientist specializing in spiders. Following his studies at Dorpat University, he went on the first scientific expedition to Persia and published about his discoveries there.  He later went on other research trips classifying mainly spiders, which were named after him. His books on Australian and American spiders, which contain his own line drawings of these creatures, became a standard work.  Today it is a classic ?and a very expensive one:

 

CLASSIC WORK ON AMERICAN SPIDERS

 

2    KEYSERLING, Eugen von.  Die Spinnen Amerikas ... von E. Keyserling (edited by G. Marx). Nuremberg, Bauer & Raspe, 1880-1893. 6 parts in 4 volumes (here bound in 2 volumes). 4to. with 58 lithographed plates, 43 of which finely coloured. Modern half cloth.

 

BMC NH, p. 975; Nissen, ZBI 2177. A complete set of this classic on American spiders, one of the rarest entomological works. It may be considered as one of the finest iconographies on the Arachnids. The last two volumes were edited after the authors death in 1889 by G. Marx, who was responsible for most of part 4, Brasilianische Spinnen. Some occasional browning, but a very good copy with all original wrappers present. Not in any of the standard Americana bibliographies.

 

Eugen settled in Munich, continued his work, and collected over 10,000 spiders.  He left his collection to the British Museum.

 

Here is a very short sampling of some of our arachnological relatives:

 

Family Sicariidae Keyserling, 1880 (13  species)

 

Genus Loxosceles Heinecken & Lowe, 1835

 

                        Loxosceles unicolor Keyserling, 1887 nomen dubium

            AZ, CA, NV, UT

     

 

     

 

Ctenidae Keyserling, 1877

 

Anahita Karsch, 1879

Anahita punctulata (Hentz, 1844)

 

Ctenus Walckenaer, 1805

 

Ctenus captiosus Gertsch, 1935

Ctenus exlineae Peck, 1981

Ctenus hibernalis Hentz, 1844

Ctenus minimus F. O. P.‑Cambridge, 1897

Ctenus valverdiensis Peck, 1981

 

Leptoctenus L. Koch, 1878

 

Leptoctenus byrrhus Simon, 1888

 

 

 

Meadowsa list of spiders

Family:AgelenidaeWadotes calcaratus (Keyserling, 1887)

Family:LinyphiidaeAgyneta fabra (Keyserling, 1886)Agyneta zygia (Keyserling, 1886)

Family:LycosidaePardosa mackenziana (Keyserling, 1877)

Family:PhilodromidaeEbo latithorax Keyserling, 1884Family:Philodromidae

Philodromus imbecillus Keyserling, 1880Philodromus laticeps Keyserling, 1880Philodromus marxi Keyserlingi, 1884

Ebo latithorax Keyserling, 1884Philodromus cespitum (Walckenaer, 1802)Philodromus imbecillus Keyserling, 1880Philodromus laticeps Keyserling, 1880Philodromus marxi Keyserlingi, 1884

Family:Thomisidae

Misumenops oblongus (Keyserling, 1880)Ozyptila georgiana Keyserling, 1880Xysticus elegans Keyserling, 1880Xysticus gulosus Keyserling, 1880Xysticus triguttatus Keyserling, 1880

 

TOTAL species:148

Hemlock woodsa list of spiders

 

Family Agelenidae

Coras juvenilis (Keyserling, 1881)Wadotes calcaratus (Keyserling, 1887)

Family HahniidaeNeoantistea agilis (Keyserling, 1887)Neoantistea magna (Keyserling, 1887)

Family Lycosidae

Pardosa xerampelina (Keyserling, 1877)

Family PhilodromidaeEbo latithorax Keyserling, 1884

Family ThomisidaeBassaniana versicolor (Keyserling, 1880)Xysticus elegans Keyserling, 1880Xysticus triguttatus Keyserling, 1880

 

TOTAL species:109

 

 

Systematics

 

class order family

ArachnidaAraneaePisauridae

 

Original description

 

Keyserling, E. (1877):Über amerikanische Spinnenarten der Unterordnung Citigradae. - Verhandlungen der zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft Wien, 26:609-708 .

 

 

Our spider relatives are well represented in Canada as well:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumping Spiders of Canada

 

 

Habronattus americanus (Keyserling, 1884)

Phidippus clarus Keyserling, 1885

 

A Checklist of Manitoba Spiders (Araneae)

with notes on geographic relationships

Results:Family Thomisidae

 

Xysticus discursans Keyserling.

Location:A1-3

Collection:CNC

Distribution:Nearctic. Mixed prairie, river banks. Grass.

Xysticus elegans Keyserling.

Location:A2-4, Bl

Collection:AIT, CNC, MMMN, PRE

Distribution:Nearctic. Deciduous woods, prairies, meadows. Leaf litter.

Xysticus labradorensis Keyserling.

Location:J4

Collection:CNC

Distribution:Holarctic. Arctic. Tundra.

Xysticus montanensis Keyserling.

Location:Al

Collection:CNC

Distribution:Coniferous foliage. Western Nearctic. Boreoalpine. Prairies.

Xysticus punctatus Keyserling.

Location:A4, B2, B3

Collection:CNC

Distribution:Nearctic. Boreoalphle. Coniferous woods. Coniferous foliage.

Xysticus triangulosus Keyserling.

Location:El, H4, J4

Collection:CNC

Distribution:Nearctic. Boreoalpine. Coniferous woods. Coniferous foliage.

Xysticus triguttatus Keyserling.

Location:E1, H4, J4

Collection:CNC

Distribution:Nearctic. Prairies, fields. Grass, shrub foliage.

 

 

Here is a list of the species of cursorial spiders found on Inco Ltd. Tailings sites and on similar control sites within the regional limits of Sudbury, Ontario.

 

Alopecosa

kochii

(Keyserling)

Arctosa

rubicunda

(Keyserling)

Coriarachne

versicolor

Keyserling

 

 

 

Drassodes

neglectus

(Keyserling)

Gnaphosa

clara

(Keyserling)

Neoantistea

magna

(Keyserling)

Pardosa

xerampelina

(Keyserling

Xysticus

discursans

Keyserling

Xysticus

elegans

Keyserling

 

 

 

Xysticus

emertoni

Keyserling

 

 

 

 

 

 

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