Node 6d: NN (Buitinga and close relatives)

east_african_spermophora Reduced ALS piriform gland spigots
(Huber 2003a, b, 2005)

All pholcids have at least two spigots on each ALS: one very wide spigot, and one slightly pointed spigot. In the plesiomorphic state, however, 5-6 additonal, smaller cylindrically-shaped spigots are present. These have been apparently reduced several times independently: (1) in Modisiminae except Priscula, (2) in Buitinga and close relatives, and (3) in Leptopholcus + Micromerys.

In the plesiomorphic condition there are 5-6 small ALS piriform gland spigots: