Zoological Studies

Vol. 40 No. 2, 2001

Three New Coelotes Spiders (Araneae: Amaurobiidae} from Taiwan

Xinping Wang1,*, I-Min Tso2 and Hai-Yin Wu3

1Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, NY 10024, USA
2Department of Biology, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan 407
3Institute of Natural Resource Management, Tunghwa University, Hwalian, Taiwan 974

Xinping Wang, I-Min Tso and Hai-Yin Wu (2001) Five species of the spider genus Coelotes were collected from pitfall traps in the Hui-Sun Experimental Forest Station in the central mountains of Taiwan. These include Coelotes xinhuiensis Chen, 1984, Paracoelotes taiwanensis Wang and Ono, 1998; and 3 new species: Coelotes bifida sp. n., C. latus sp. n., and C. longus sp. n. The new species are described and illustrated, and the spinneret morphology and natural history of the new species C. bifida and C. latus are reported. The current number of coelotine spider species in Taiwan is increased to 12. The species, Wadotes primus Fox, 1937, which was described from Hong Kong, is newly transferred to the genus Coelotes (new combination).

Key words: Coelotes bifida, Coelotes latus, Coelotes longus, Spinnerets, Hui-Sun Forest Area.

*Correspondence: Current address: Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA E-mail: xwang@CalAcademy.org