Gabriel R., Sherwood D., Longhorn S.J. 2020. The revised taxonomic placement of the genus Acentropelma Pocock, 1901 and restoration of the genus Pseudoschizopelma Smith, 1995 (Aranei: Theraphosidae) // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.29. No.4: 453–466 [in English].

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doi: 10.15298/arthsel.29.4.07

ABSTRACT. The genus Acentropelma Pocock, 1901 is redefined and the type species, A. spinulosum F.O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1897 is redescribed. Pseudoschizopelma Smith, 1995 is restored to house Acentropelma macropus (Ausserer, 1875) creating the restored combination Pseudoschizopelma macropus Acentropelma sorkini Smith, 1995 syn.n. is considered a junior synonym of P. macropus based on indistinguishable palpal bulb, tibial apophysis and spermathecal morphology. The paratype female of former A. sorkini, originally designated and described by Smith [1995] is found to be an immature Brachypelma Simon, 1891 – possibly Brachypelma kahlenbergi Rudloff, 2008. Additional morphological features for A. gutzkei are included to complement the original description by Reichling [1997], and its placement discussed.

KEY WORDS: Araneae, taxonomy, morphology, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, tarantula.

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