A1 Journal article – refereed

'Burning Violin': The Medically Important Spider Genus Loxosceles (Araneae: Sicariidae) in Iran, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan, With Two New Species

List of Authors: Zamani A, Mirshamsi O, Marusik YM

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Journal of Medical Entomology

Journal name in source: Journal of medical entomology

Journal acronym: J Med Entomol

ISSN: 0022-2585

eISSN: 1938-2928

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjaa257

The taxonomic status of the medically important spider genus Loxosceles Heineken et Lowe, 1832 (Sicariidae) in Iran, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan is revised. Two species are described as new to science: Loxosceles coheni sp. n. (♂♀, southwestern Iran) and Loxosceles turanensis sp. n. (♂♀, southern Turkmenistan and eastern Iran). Additionally, Loxosceles alicea Gertsch, 1967 syn. n. (♀, Peru) is synonymized with Loxosceles rufescens (Dufour, 1820). The local distribution of all treated species is mapped (including several new records), and reported cases of loxoscelism from this region are briefly reviewed.

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