Southern African pholcids
(Publication in Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 2003; see Abstract, PDF)
Leptopholcus from South Africa A few days of collecting in eastern South Africa after the International Congress in Badplaas, March 2001, resulted in more species of pholcids than have previously been known from the entire country. Most new species are found in the leaf litter; their size is about 1-3 mm total body length. Some live on the underside of leaves, they are more or less transparent, like the Quamtana vidal male above, and difficult to see in their natural habiatat. Descriptions of several new species in the new genus Quamtana have been published in the Zool. J. Linn. Soc. (see PDF).The only South African Leptopholcus species (shown on the left) is tentatively assigned to L. gracilis.

Photo: A. Pernstich