Haddad Ch. 2021. Rediscovery and redescription of Rhene cooperi Lessert, 1925 (Araneae: Salticidae), another possible mimic of scale insects // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.30. No.4: 546–550 [in English].

Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa. E-mail: haddadcr@ufs.ac.za

doi: 10.15298/arthsel.30.4.10

ABSTRACT. The South African jumping spider Rhene cooperi Lessert, 1925, described and last collected from a single female specimen almost a century ago, was recently sampled from near the type locality. The female holotype is badly damaged, but the epigynal structure is distinctive and clearly matches the recently collected specimen, which is used to redescribe the species for the first time. The peculiar setation suggests that like the recently described R. legitima Wesołowska et Haddad, 2018 and Oviballus vidae Azarkina et Haddad, 2020, this species may also be a mimic of scale insects or lacewing larvae.

KEY WORDS: Aranei, forest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, jumping spider.

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