After about one and a half years it is about time for a new database update. Here it is!
A new feature in the checklists is the possibility to call checklists for certain regions and not only countries, e.g. Abkhazia, North Caucasus and South Ossetia now. Let me know if you want to see more specific regions or areas there, like protected areas for example: Lagodekhi National Park. Also, country and region checklists are now structured just as the Caucasus Checklist, meaning the checklist includes only species with verified status and a Blacklist below with the species of doubtful status.
Other changes include fixed mistakes, e.g. correctly linking Microdipoena jobi to Mysmenidae and updated taxonomy (e.g. in Agelescape, Persiscape). Thanks to Theo Blick, Yuri Marusik, Dmitri Logunov and others for pointing this out to me. It helps a lot!
As always: Please keep informing me about newly published or older literature which needs to be included in the database and point out any mistakes you found. I appreciate it very much!
The following updates to species records have been made in version 02.2022:
- Marusik & Zonstein (2021): description of Raveniola ambardzumanyani from Armenia
- Esyunin (2017) made available some specimen data collected by Dmitri Kharitonov, among this females of Dictyna ottoi from Georgia.
- Ponomarev & Komarov (2015) provided lots of species records of spiders from South Ossetia, including some first species records for the Caucasus database here: Hahnia helveola, Pardosa consimilis, Pardosa inquilina, Neottiura suaveolens, Ozyptila spirembola.
- All records of Ozyptila lugubris (Kroneberg, 1875) in the Caucasus are linked to Xysticus tuberosus (Thorell, 1875) now (see Marusik & Mikhailov, 2021).
- Logunov & Ponomarev (2020) updated information on fossorial lycosids in the Caucasus, therefore Hogna bergsoei is of doubtful status and now listed on the Blacklist only. Records of Hogna/Lycosa alticeps actually belong to Karakumosa shmatkoi.
- Information on records in Schmidt (1895) is corrected, e.g. information on Lycosa alticeps (see above) and the actual location of „Aresch“ mentioned. Also the PDF is finally added.
- Prószyński (2017) removed Attulus vilis from synonymy with A. ammophilus and reported A. vilis from Armenia. Since both species are extremely similar to one another, especially the males, this raises the question of the species identity of the A. ammophilus records in the Caucasus. Until this is resolved in a revision of the Caucasian records, both „species“ are treated here under A. ammophilus.
- Zarikian (2020) added a number of salticid species to the Checklist Armenia and one species to the Checklist Caucasus: Afraflacilla epiblemoides.
- Mikhailov & Propistsova (2017) recorded a number of species from Armenia, among them a first record for the Caucasus: Pellenes arciger.
- Dimitrov (2020) described and recorded Proislandiana beroni from Turkey and Armenia.
- Tanasevitch et al. (2016) described two new species of linyphids from Adygea and Georgia: Asthenargus adygeicus and Maculoncus obscurus.
- Ponomarev & Shmatko (2019) updated information on Zelotes species in the Caucasus
- Ponomarev & Shmatko (2020) added new records for species in the genera Trachyzelotes and Marinarozelotes.
- Khasayeva & Huseynov (2019) recorded a number of species from Azerbaijan, among them the first record of Pseudicius palaestinensis for the Caucasus.
- Ponomarev et al. (2019): recorded Synaphosus shirin and Holocnemus pluchei for the first time in the Caucasus